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-- again from Fox News in Washington we are following two big stories at this hour.
-- not in Times Square new York city police defused a bomb.
That was starting to detonate in a parked SUV.
The device was described by authorities as amateurish but powerful.
Streets and hotels were evacuated for ten hours and we'll have more in a moment.
Meanwhile along the Gulf Coast there's growing concern about that massive -- spell that threatens the entire region.
For the latest let's bring in Fox News correspondent Phil Keating -- in Venice Louisiana fell.
Good morning -- today promises to be yet another frustrating.
Day for all levers to collect contain and -- the estimated.
Two billion gallons of oil already spilled in the Gulf of Mexico and the oil that continues to spill from BP is fractured in three places pipeline.
5000 feet below the surface strong winds yet again here today also hampering efforts out there -- the Gulf of Mexico specifically.
Causing problems on -- that orange.
Boom -- those those lines that are strewn all along the coast -- trying to protect Louisiana's very precious wetlands and coastline.
Also the wind is preventing the C 130 aircraft from flying overhead.
Over the oil slick and dropping out those chemical -- -- from the air.
Now according to everyone involved what we have here is unprecedented.
And oil spill gushing uncontrollably 5000 feet below the surface.
The unprecedented reliance on remotely operated vehicles -- robotics that so far have failed appears the pipeline cap the well and stop the flow.
And the truly unknown volume of oil threatening wildlife.
The environment and the economy however a couple of promising developments BP's test Friday -- four in the chemical dispersed instead -- 5000.
Foot -- from a ship above the oil seemed to work.
And -- -- out in the gulf where BP's deepwater horizon -- up burden sank.
A new oil platform is being anchored down to begin building.
A relief pipeline BP says this -- relief pipeline will drill into the same oil reserves.
That the current cracked pipeline is now spilling from and that will relieve the cracks and hopefully reduce this bill however the timetable -- getting this operational.
Sixty to ninety days from now.
And this -- from the south also pushing -- -- for the coastlines of Louisiana Mississippi Alabama and Florida.
Phil -- reporting from Venice Louisiana Phil thanks for that report.
From -- we bring in the three top officials working the prices for President Obama Homeland Security secretary Janet -- -- Tana.
Interior secretary Ken Salazar and from New Orleans the commandant of the Coast Guard Thad Allen.
Secretary and -- title before we get to the oil spill I want to ask you about that car bomb over night.
In Times Square in new York city New York governor.
David Paterson is calling this an act of terrorism.
Do we now that.
Well we're certainly considering it right now as if it could be an act of terrorism what was intended to be an act of terrorism.
And so everything investigate -- terms of investigation is being done on the forensics are being done all the leads are being pursued.
It's that the city of New York it's the FB IS Department of Homeland Security.
It's looking at the vehicle it's tracing fingerprints it's looking at video because a lot of cameras in that area.
A lot of activity today in terms of investigation.
From what you've heard and we understand is very early in the very early hours of this investigation can you tell any thing.
And I mean in -- in terms of technique.
From the from the bomb that the explosive device that was inside that as Tuesday.
Well nothing that was not already said it in in the intro piece.
It was rather amateurish type of bomb it was propane tanks.
-- that was a kid and was.
That was to be a starter.
Linked to alarm clock a timer.
But beyond that I think we'll have to let the investigatory process -- its way and one last question do you have any evidence as to whether this is home -- or whether it has links to foreign groups that it is too soon to tell but.
Again we're not ruling anything out at this point.
-- -- Admiral Allen let's turn to the oil -- and I would like to ask you what's the latest on -- -- first of all.
Some experts are saying that it's leaking much more than the 5000.
Gallons a day that we had been told.
And and secondly is there any quick solution left or at this point are you looking only.
At ideas that are gonna take weeks or months.
We'll Christmas morning the -- about nine miles off the south east -- Louisiana near Venice and we're watching a very very closely.
Dozens earlier noted does some of the problems we're having right now I have to do -- mother nature in the weather.
High surf conditions a winner making their deployment -- boom problematic cancel we'll continue to fight that battle throughout the -- and make sure we -- we -- down there.
In regards to the release of the the oil from the bottom.
I think we all need to understand this is an inexact science -- trying to make your estimation from videos being taken by remotely operated vehicles.
At 5000 -- but quite frankly whether it's 1000 or 5000 barrels.
The potential for catastrophic loss about well -- has -- planning far ahead of that and from.
Started the event -- before there was a spell we've been pretty deploying.
Equipment under the assumption -- -- worst case scenario here and we certainly hope that doesn't happen.
-- prudence dictates that we prepared to deal with that and what you wanna do is stop the leak at its source.
You can't do that -- -- to attack and on the surface we've done that with thoughts mechanical means -- removal through skimming.
We've done -- -- you burn and deploying this persons and as was noted earlier some of that is weather -- it's very difficult now for surface ships to operate out there in the current weather.
And -- wrote quickly and at this point doesn't look like the blowout prevent -- is inoperative does not gonna work.
And -- are gonna have to find a solution it's gonna take weeks or months.
It takes a pretty heavy duty forensics and I'd ask does -- -- to -- Salazar to comment but they're about -- 45 different devices that can actually decide to blow opera manner.
Including wanted to ensure the -- one that can crimp the pipe.
And rubber ring -- close around it on I think we're gonna have to find out why didn't actually because this -- -- -- fail safe mechanism.
And it's gonna there's going to be a joint investigation conducted between Minerals Management Service and the US east Coast Guard at the direction of secretaries aisles -- and sector and Paul -- Secretary Salazar what's the damage to the Gulf Coast so far and if this does go on for weeks or months.
What's the potential scenario there.
You know it is a massive oil spill and our campaign here has got to be that move forward and do everything we can't restore and to protect the Gulf Coast and all of its environment within just the Gulf Coast area we have twenty.
Wildlife refuges with or some of the best wildlife refuges in -- in the country.
And so admiral Allen was saying was correct every effort is being made to stop of the source right now there has not been a minute of rest since this started.
So hopefully the source we'll get stuff.
If ultimately this is going to require what the ultimate solution is and that's the relief the relief while you're looking at sixty to ninety days.
And so having this.
Preparation to make sure that we are doing everything we -- for the worst case scenario is an ongoing effort the president has directed that not a single effort be spared to make sure that were protecting the American people -- American environment if this goes on six the united days we're talking about a situation worse than the Exxon Valdez.
That that's absolutely the case of and we have to prepare for the worst case scenario here and we need to make sure you were protecting those very precious resources along with -- look the coastline as well as the the economies that are dependent upon these -- -- on the Exxon Valdez eleven million gallons.
There isn't there are scenarios that it could be worse than the Exxon Valdez we're not that sugar -- this thing and we need to make sure that we are prepare prepare for the worst case scenario we have been doing that since they -- secretary -- -- Pollack and -- on Friday you called on BP.
Specifically what would you like to see them do that they haven't done so far.
British Petroleum needs to get the the -- stopped.
We need to -- Do more and be working on the surface of the ocean -- make sure we're doing everything to keep this bill from reaching shore.
And then they need to be doing more in terms of protecting shoreline.
Hiring local workers to help with that shoreline response.
I'm doing all they can to be out there in the communities.
Because they are ultimately responsible way on the other hand and now we have the comment on actually on scene.
Are making sure that all the federal resources are being brought to bear in a coordinated way with the states that are involved and so.
All of that work has been stood up since the first day of the incident.
Admiral Allen the government can at any point federalized this operation.
Handle -- your cells and then like BP -- the that the bill at the end of the process.
Why not do that right now.
Chris I think that term federalizing this bill is -- -- -- probably associated with the perceptions around the Exxon Valdez by statute and by regulation.
BP is the responsible party they will bear all the costs.
We need to have an effective.
Integrated responsive to -- and that's what our goal is.
But we do not want -- relieve them of the responsibility or the cost burden associated with that we do have recently recourse to the lost all ability -- -- can use that but -- back charge BP for that.
By statute and by law BP as a responsible party -- as I said repeatedly we are the accountable.
Federal -- for oversight and we intend to do that.
But but couldn't shoot take over I understand they're gonna have to pay -- under any circumstances with Clinton -- from the federal government.
Run this operation has set -- letting BP were on the operation.
Chris we could but there already resources in place and have a structure in place to do this and it's a matter of how we do this most effectively and it's -- quite frankly it's a combination of BP on the federal government.
There are some resources including these very sophisticated are all of these.
That are not in the government inventory then they include recent -- the best practices from the private sector all over the world.
I think the balances correct we both have to have secure our responsibilities.
A number of Louisiana officials are saying that the Obama administration was slow to respond to this crisis and I want to review the timeline of what's happened here.
On April 20 the explosion of the drilling -- for.
For days BP and the coast guards say there's no late.
On April 24 we're told it's.
Leaking a thousand barrels a day on April 28 the estimate is raised to 5000 barrels -- -- it's not until April 20 ninth.
Nine days after the accident that the president makes his first statement about what's now called an incident of national significance.
So turn up Holland Tunnel -- the administration responded faster.
-- the administration responded all hands on deck from day one what happened is the situation itself evolved the situation evolved from.
An explosion and a search and rescue mission.
Two several days later the actual sinking of the -- At that point in time the oil was being burned off on the surface.
The next phase was that the oil began.
To spread and could not all was not all being burned off on the surface and then.
We had assets in place already pre deployed more than seventy vessels hundreds of thousands of feet of -- the command center of the integrated command sent the -- referred to.
Was already stood up with the states involved from day one and I -- you know some critics are saying this could be Obama's Katrina.
Yeah I think that is total risk characterization.
I think we'll be happy when Hollis said and done to be very.
Transparent with all the activity that's happened really from the first hours of the explosion.
And and those questions will be asked to -- be answered but the key fact of the matter is is that.
This has been all hands on deck across the federal government with the states with BP from the -- this incident.
Secretary at its if I may just on that point from day one the president has been involved and informed and has been directing us to do everything really cannot the spare any effort your time Miami you -- up there.
Frankly can go back and you can put April 22 on their -- We are stepping -- connect to BP to do everything it it it it can do because it's his responsibility a letter from them saying but their resources -- how they were going forward to implement the vast oil spill response by counsel from day one.
We've been on top of this every minute 24 hours a day trying to -- took such secretary Salazar you.
Helped develop the plan that the president announced at the end of march to expand exploration.
Of oil and natural gas along several areas of the coastline not just the gulf but also along the east coast parts of the eastern.
Golf and also off the part of the Alaska coast.
After this accident have you changed your mind about the wisdom of that policy.
You know there have been 30000 wells that oil and gas wells that have been drilled just on in the Gulf of Mexico along.
And Carly today 30% of our oil and gas resource this come from the Gulf of Mexico.
There's a huge economic confusion our economy depends on it had been an industry that has been can.
Is conducted in a in a very safe manner.
Blowouts occur but -- safety mechanisms have been in place by this failed here is something that we are investigating and we have a joint investigation will give us a masters.
But right now until we find out more information this will be something to will be -- -- And if we have to read revisit tough but we have allowed -- in the in the deep water we will do that.
But that will be based on the best facts and and about science and we move forward secretary DePaula -- before you go I when I ask you about two other issues.
First this week you told congress that the the southern border is is secured now as it is ever -- But from 2000 to 2008 Arizona's population of illegals grew 70%.
And nationally our population of the illegals grew 37%.
Is not the kind of security you're bragging about.
No what I was it's obviously -- where it's always continuing work but I've worked at border buffer for years as the US attorney attorney general governor of Arizona.
I've -- and I've walked -- I've flown and I know that border and in terms of every statistical measure there have been more resources placed on -- border and fewer attempts at illegal immigration.
In the last year.
Then Dan has been the historical record everything is in decline we are.
I'm getting and gaining could.
More needs to be done it and -- more is being done in Arizona which has become a particular quarter.
And I I understand the frustration of arizonans.
With that and we are continuing to look at -- -- -- tell you this.
In the end this.
Every resource can be put -- that order is being put -- that border every securities being made but we still need comprehensive immigration reform.
-- finally have you been interviewed by the president about the new open job on the Supreme Court.
Not talk the president and the recent weeks now.
Have you been told whether or not you are a candidate or whether the -- president in fact wants you to stay on as secretary of Homeland Security.
You know let her learn to say I am flattered to have those questions answered as you can tell from this interview I think of focus on the -- Secretary of -- on a secretary Salazar.
Admiral -- we -- -- thank you all so much for coming in today and talking with -- -- -- you all the best as you continue dealing with this terrible -- Thank you Chris.
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