Cao Flies Over Site of Oil Spill with House Commmittee

June 21, 2010

NEW ORLEANS – Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao (LA-02) continues to keep close tabs on efforts by BP and the federal Unified Command to contain and stop the sea floor oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

Today, Cao joined fellow members of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee to fly over the massive slick and site of the leak in a Coast Guard fixed wing airplane.

Also along for the flyover were the Committee Chairman, Congressman Bennie Thompson
(MS-02); Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18); Congressman Christopher Carney
(PA-10); Congresswoman Laura Richardson (CA-37); Congressman Al Green (TX-09);
Congressman Michael Rogers (MI-08); and Congressman Steve Austria (OH-07).

The Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the BP oil spill response, Rear Admiral James Watson, told Cao and his fellow Committee members that BP is now disposing of leaked oil at the rate of 25,000 barrels per day. He said 15,000 barrels of that is being collected from the top cap over the blowout preventer at the well head and piped to a containment vessel at the surface. Another 10,000 gallons is being burned off on a seperate vessel, which is siphoning the oil from the blowout preventer through a tube system installed last week.

Committee members asked Watson how much oil is leaking into the Gulf. Watson said he couldn’t say for sure, but that he hopes to have a new device in place in July that will precisely measure the rate of leakage. Previous estimates have placed the rate at 60,000 barrels a day.

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