*The Gulf of Mexico oil spill seeped miles deeper into Louisiana’s fragile marshes, making it tougher to clean up or to rescue wildlife like the brown pelican, as the federal government questioned whether BP will be able plug its blown-out well on the seabed.
With frustration mounting at the global oil giant and at the government, the Obama administration pressured BP PLC to fix the gusher finally after several failed ventures in the weeks since an April 20 oil rig explosion.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said Sunday he was “not completely” confident that BP knows what it’s doing.
“If we find they’re not doing what they’re supposed to be doing, we’ll push them out of the way appropriately,” Salazar said.
The White House said the Justice Department has been gathering information about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Press secretary Robert Gibbs didn’t say whether the department has opened a criminal investigation. He would only tell CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that department representatives have been to the Gulf as part of the response to the BP oil leak.
Salazar and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano were to lead a Senate delegation to the region Monday to fly over affected areas.
BP is getting barges and other equipment ready to prepare for a risky procedure midweek that the company hopes will finally halt the gusher.
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