Stephanie Kirchgaessner
The Financial Times
May 3, 2010

The Obama administration defended its response to the oil spill on Sunday and insisted it had not been overly reliant on BP in assessing the disaster.

However, even as the administration sought to reassure the public that it was doing everything in its power to address the environmental threat, Ken Salazar, the interior secretary, acknowledged that the US was inevitably facing a “massive restoration of the gulf coast”.

“The scenario is . . . very grave,” Mr Salazar said on NBC’s Meet the Press. He warned that it could take up to 90 days for industry and government efforts to succeed in building a relief well 3.5 miles below the ocean floor to stop the flow of oil.

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