A BP executive defended his company's attempts to stop a massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday amid growing frustration and suggestions that the federal government could take over the effort.
Doug Suttles, BP's chief operating officer, told CNN's "American Morning" that the company also is frustrated that several efforts have failed to stem the flow of oil that continues to churn into seawater.
"We won't quit until we get this job done," he said. "We're doing everything we can."
The company's latest effort to plug the leak is on track to happen Wednesday morning, he said. BP plans to pump thick, viscous fluid twice the density of water into the site of the leak to stop the flow so the well can then be sealed with cement in a "top kill" procedure.
Suttles spoke a day after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar expressed frustration with the delay in stopping the spill; Salazar said that BP has "from day one, frankly, not fulfilled the mission it was supposed to fulfill."
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