Latest efforts to seal oil leak to take place Wednesday - - Jackson, MS

Latest efforts to seal oil leak to take place Wednesday

GULF OF MEXICO (WLBT) - Outrage grows Monday as oil continues to push into the marshes and wetlands along the Louisiana coast.  34 days have passed since the Deepwater Horizon rig collapsed, and it will be at least two more before BP makes its first attempt to seal the well.

The fight on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico is focused on the "top kill" engineers hope to carry out this week.  They said by Wednesday night, we'll know if it's sealed the well.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of Homeland Security led a congressional delegation on a tour of the region, promising to put their foot down after what they said has been an inadequate response by BP.

"We will keep our boot on their neck until the job gets done," said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has demanded BP reduce the amount of chemical dispersants it's been using by as much as 80-percent after a request the company find a    less-toxic replacement.

"I wasn't satisfied with the answer we got.  The answer we got back from BP, to me, seemed more like a defense of their current choice, reminded me a little about that old commercial, 'I'd rather fight than switch'," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

The feeling along the coast Monday was one of fear and frustration as the oil continues to spread.

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