US says Gulf oil spill could last 100 years
WASHINGTON - Government estimates obtained by The Associated Press show a decade-old oil leak could continue spilling crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a century or more if left unchecked.
Taylor Energy Company owned a drilling platform that was toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004. It has played down the extent of its leak, and maintains nothing can be done to completely eliminate the oil slicks that often stretch for miles off the Louisiana coast.
Justice Department officials say Taylor has tried to broker a deal with the government to resolve its financial obligations for the leak, but federal authorities have rebuffed those overtures and have ordered additional work.
An Associated Press investigation published last month revealed evidence that the leak is worse than reported by either Taylor or the government.