The BP oil spill: An unprecedented response

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Retired Coast Guard admiral Thad Allen defends the oil cleanup effort by all those involved, including BP.

"Despite the mobilization of countless resources from the start, the response was criticized by some as inadequate and feeble," Allen writes in an opinion piece in the Washington Post. "Yet four months later, the landscape and seascape have changed. We now know that 53,000 barrels were likely escaping each day from the well, but the well was capped on July 15. And while nearly 5 million barrels were released into the Gulf, we are beginning to understand what happened to it."

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