Disasters

Oil Spill Cleanup Will Drag Into Fall

President Obama's first-in-command in the federal response to the BP oil spill, Admiral Thad Allen, offered a stark reality check Sunday: Cleanup efforts may very well extend into the fall, he told CBS' Face the Nation, explaining that even after the oil flow is contained "there will be oil out there for months to come.” While Allen did acknowledge the success of BP's latest effort to contain with the spill—a cap that is collecting a little more than 10,000 of the 12,000 to 19,000 barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico daily—his tone was a sharp deviation from the optimistic spin BP has put on cleanup efforts. He called the disaster an "insidious war" that is "attacking four states at one time”: "One of the problems with this entire spill is it's not a monolithic, huge spill," Allen said. "It is literally hundreds of thousands of smaller spills."