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US congressmen have questioned US Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, over the Administration's response to the Deepwater Horizon situation in the Gulf of Mexico.
For many members, the priority of the committee is a halt on all drilling in the Gulf.
Salazar defended changes in the agency that oversees offshore drilling leases and inspections and would not back away from the six month moratorium on drilling.
He insists that despite efforts by drilling companies to meet new requirements, the moratorium would stay in place until all inspections were completed at the end of November.
Meanwhile, the government's oil spill chief has tried to ease fears that BP's capped well is buckling under the pressure, saying the seepage detected along the seafloor is coming from an older well no longer in use.