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Majority of BP spill 'dealt with', says White House

Almost three-quarters of the oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico has been cleaned up or broken down by natural forces, the US government says.

White House energy adviser Carol Browner announced on Wednesday that only a quarter of the leaked oil posed any further danger to the environment, the rest having been captured, burned off, or evaporated.

Ms Browner was speaking hours after BP announced that its "static kill" procedure had been successful, but she warned there was still a lot of work to be done.

Julie Peacock reports.

  • 04 Aug 2010