June 9th, 2010
03:07 PM ET

Feds give BP deadline on contingency plans for oil collection

CNN Wire Staff

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Federal authorities have given BP a 72-hour deadline to provide contingency plans for the collection of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a letter - dated Tuesday - sent to the company.

The development comes as oil disaster hearings continue Wednesday on Capitol Hill, with the House and Senate tackling issues ranging from safety and cleanup to liability.

Three committees and two subcommittees will discuss matters related to the gusher in the Gulf of Mexico and the oil industry.

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