The Associated Press
This image from a video released by BP PLC shows oil and gas spewing from a yellowish, broken pipe 5,000 feet below the surface. The video released Wednesday gives a not-yet-seen glimpse of the leaking well a mile underwater.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists are anxiously awaiting signals about where a massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico may be heading next. And federal officials acknowledge the government could have been more aggressive in overseeing the drilling, while efforts to contain the spill are proving increasingly difficult.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is set to address the spill at a hearing today.
Fears are growing that the gushing well could spread damage from Louisiana to Florida. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told a Senate panel yesterday that his agency had been lax in overseeing offshore activities and that may have contributed to the disastrous spill.