May 26th, 2010
04:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Salazar: U.S. doing all it can on oil spill

New York (CNNMoney.com) – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reiterated Wednesday that the U.S. government is doing all it can to put an end to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and to enforce ethics requirements in the federal agency responsible for inspecting oil wells.

He also reiterated that the oil spill is causing President Obama to consider adjustments to his plan to open exploration wells for drilling in the Arctic.

The Interior Department faced criticism in a hearing before Congress Wednesday, two days after an inspector general report showed Minerals Management Service (MMS) inspectors took gifts from big oil companies, watched pornography and used crystal meth at work.

But in the hearing before the House Natural Resources Committee, Salazar said he believes most of the bureau's 1,700 employees are "good public servants" and abide by ethics requirements put in place by the Obama administration. He said the department has "zero tolerance" for the ethical lapses, which he also called "reprehensible" and even "criminal."

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  1. Mikey

    Seems to me they could put more resources into trying to keep the oil out of sensitive areas and prevented them from using disbursents, especially the toxic one they chose. As far as stoping the leak, it appears no one knows how to do it. How about no more drilling at depths greater than that at which we can fix a problem like this?

    And I'm a self proclaimed Obamacrat.

    May 26, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. ib

    Sure they are. If you believe that I have some ocean front property in Tenn. for sale.

    May 26, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Laura, Massachusetts

    The US is doing all it can!!! Really?

    So if BP can't fix the problem and stop the oil from streaming out then what?

    Any answers Mr. Secretary...how about Mr. Obama? It is after all happening on YOUR watch..

    Just like 9/11...it happened on Bush's watch so he received the critism whether right or wrongly placed.

    May 26, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. john in Cal

    I hope we are learning alot here in what works and doesn't. then may be we can come up with better safeguards and solutions in case another like this happens. Otherwise we should stop all this drilling off shore, because we really don't know how this is going to affect our enviornment and us. I may stop eating sea food for awhile.

    May 26, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. JIM El Paso Tx

    Salazar is an idiot! Anyone remember..."good job Brownie" ????

    May 26, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but

    How come they haven't tried duct tape yet? Have a nice day!

    May 26, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Rani McBride

    Watching the Media of this country go at it again these last couple of days is disgusting! When will they stop trying to politicise everything? This is not the Obama administration's fault. It is BP's fault. It is their responsibility to control it and clean it up. These same people would be criticizing the President if he started to control everything. The efforts they are making night after night to go on and on about the President's efforts should be replaced with their efforts to help the situation on the ground. The President is doing all he can do and the Media really does not know all that is involved with that plan...and don't need to. The American people need to start questioning the Media's tactics and start pushing for changes in this country!

    May 26, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Jack

    Oh year, doing all they can.. right. Obama hasn't been to the gulf in four weeks and had no plans to go this weekend (vacation to chicago don't ya know, then party for paul mccartney), until the press he was getting got so bad that he was forced to do his job. to top it off, instead of his duty of laying a wreath at Arlington, he's sending Biden. All of this and chicago thuggery style politics to boot. This man is a discrace and when we elect a community organizer to the highest office in the land, I guess what we deserve. While he is partying, Americans are suffering more every day through loss of jobs and homes. Louisiana fisherman are losing their livelihoods, yet none in this administration seem to have a clue of why obama's ratings are dropping like a rock. 2012 can't come soon enough. vote the bum(s) all out!

    May 26, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. Dominik

    I researched some of what happen when you burn oil. As far as I know if you burn oil it tends to release carbon dioxide. Could not you burn the oil and then make some sort of green dome of plants that would take the CO2 and then make the Oxygen releasing the ungreen of burning the oil. Eliminating 2 birds with one stone, so to speak.

    May 26, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. ray cambron

    fire and prosecute all involved if they are union abolish the union and ban federal emp from unionizing

    May 26, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. rdepontb

    For one thing, it is _not_ an oil "spill" at all, but a gushing leak. For another, it is sickening to hear members of my party say "we will make sure BP pays for this." So, after they are bankrupt, then what? Is that really all the government should be concerned with?

    Thirdly, why are there so few evident reclamation efforts underway? Why is Salazar even in position any longer? Why is that old-style Coast Guard Admiral still in position-what "coast" does he think he's guarding? What resources did he ensure he had at his disposal?? Neither Salazar nor Allen seem to be a master of command and control, that much is apparent, and they should be let off the hook. I'm not really sure what their role is, actually.

    This needs to be a big-play, big-picture, no-holds-barred leader here, someone who's career is likely not going to last long enough to suffer the consequences of the inevitable tough decisions. This has to be a military leader, and I think we all realize that now. Please, Commander In Chief, delegate as appropriate. Now.

    May 26, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. rdepontb

    Jack,
    Very useless statements. If you and the others can't help, hush up for now and get out of the way.

    May 26, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. Paul from Phoenix

    And here is the real story! This is why conspiracy theorists think Obama is happy this is happening, so that he doesn't have to drill anywhere else.

    Interesting.....

    May 26, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but

    ray cambron May 26th, 2010 4:58 pm ET
    "fire and prosecute all involved if they are union abolish the union and ban federal emp from unionizing"

    Funny how the jobs started going overseas and wages basically stopped rising around the time we started busting up the unions. PATCO, anyone? Thank you, Ronny Rayguns, for destroying the middle class. Have a nice day!

    May 26, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. gary

    Can you say "Katrina Part 2"?

    May 26, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I would like to know what insurance company B.P.has because after they pay B.P. back for the oil rig and all the damages there going to be hurting I wouldnt be surprised if it was A.G.I. and they will be wanting a bail out .

    May 26, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. CBR

    The blame game always goes on no matter what the crisis. If BP stop the spill, other companies should work with them to get it done. It is in the bet interests of all oil and gas companies who want to drill. They need to work together to make this right if they have any dreams of drilling later on.

    No one has the monopoly on stupid remarks from all sides of this issue. Just think before you speak.

    May 26, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. jim

    After reading and seeing all that I have over the last few years, all I can say is ...

    America Sucks !!!

    So sad to be an American. I'm ready to leave, you can have it.

    May 26, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Time for Salazar to resign....or Obama needs to fire him and rebuild the agency without slimeballs that are paid for by Big Oil.

    May 26, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    1,836 human lives were lost during Katrina. Please don't compare oil to human beings.

    May 26, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. if you want something ruined let a democratic community organizer handle it

    Dear Rani

    You stated "This is not the Obama administration's fault. It is BP's fault. It is their responsibility to control it and clean it up."

    Well Katrina wasn't created by the Bush White House, yet liberals such as yourself, blamed him for the botched evacuation and rescue effort that was clearly the responsibility of the state and local officials who dropped the ball.

    Obama's community organizer skills are working their magic.

    May 26, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. ray cambron

    he should have lost his job after 700 mil on equine birthcontrol in the southwest

    May 26, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but

    Don't worry, republicans, the free market will fix it. Why have that pesky federal government poke their nose in? Have a nice day!

    May 26, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    @Paul from Phoenix – you are kidding, right? This is a major catastropher allowed under the bush administration for the lack of balls to make sure accidents like this wouldn't happen.
    The only thing the government might have been able to do is to have surrounded the oil with tankers and just suck up all the oil/water into tankers.
    This is BP's problem. Oil companies need to be held responsible now and in the future. You don't drill baby drill if you can contain the oil in case of a catastrophe.
    This is going to take decades to clean up. The animals and the folks who depend on the fishing industry are the ones who are going to hurt. Dead and oil covered is a travesty.
    BP should pay every fisherman whatever it is they make a year times the next 20 years or so.

    May 26, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but

    jim May 26th, 2010 5:15 pm ET
    "After reading and seeing all that I have over the last few years, all I can say is ...
    America Sucks !!!
    So sad to be an American. I'm ready to leave, you can have it."

    America is awesome. The problem is Americans. Willfully ignorant and posessing an astonishingly overdeveloped sense of entitlement. Have a nice day!

    May 26, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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