U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday received an update on an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
The U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday that five times as much oil as previously estimated was leaking from a well beneath the site of a deadly drilling rig explosion. The slick is threatening wide-scale coastal damage for four Gulf Coast states.
Gibbs said Obama began his daily intelligence briefing in the Oval Office with a 20-minute update on the BP oil spill.
Meanwhile, a senior Obama administration official said it could take 90 days to install a relief valve to stop an oil leak.
The Obama administration says 5,000 barrels a day may be leaking from a deep-sea oil well following a deadly rig explosion.
David Hayes, a senior Interior Department official, said he would not rule out a pause in new deepwater oil drilling until companies show they can control oil spills.
Briefing reporters at the White House, the officials said the government will push BP Plc as hard as possible to stop the leak and lead the cleanup.
It could be 90 days before a relief valve is installed to stop the leak, the officials said.
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