AG Holder: Probe of BP spill to continue

  • In this June 5, 2010, file photo Plaquemines Parish coastal zone director P.J. Hahn lifts his boot out of thick beached oil at Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, just off the Gulf of Mexico in Plaquemines Parish, La. Cleaning the oil far beyond the time the leak is capped will become the job of the U.S. Coast Guard and BP. The Houma Incident Command and Control Center in Houma, La. coordinates the different teams cleaning water from the land and sea. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)In this June 5, 2010, file photo Plaquemines Parish coastal zone director P.J. Hahn lifts his boot out of thick beached oil at Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, just off the Gulf of Mexico in Plaquemines Parish, La. Cleaning the oil far beyond the time the leak is capped will become the job of the U.S. Coast Guard and BP. The Houma Incident Command and Control Center in Houma, La. coordinates the different teams cleaning water from the land and sea. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
  • Fireboat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore Deepwater Horizon on April 21, 2010. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)Fireboat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore Deepwater Horizon on April 21, 2010. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)
  • In this image taken from video provided by BP PLC, oil leaks from the fractured wellhead at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Sunday, July 11, 2010. (AP Photo/BP PLC) In this image taken from video provided by BP PLC, oil leaks from the fractured wellhead at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Sunday, July 11, 2010. (AP Photo/BP PLC)
  • In this Sept. 4, 2010 file photo, the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer is lifted out of the Gulf of Mexico by the Helix Q4000 near the coast of Louisiana. Before the key piece of evidence has even been analyzed, oil giant BP PLC on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, planned to release the conclusions of its internal investigation into the rig explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the massive Gulf of Mexico spill. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)In this Sept. 4, 2010 file photo, the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer is lifted out of the Gulf of Mexico by the Helix Q4000 near the coast of Louisiana. Before the key piece of evidence has even been analyzed, oil giant BP PLC on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, planned to release the conclusions of its internal investigation into the rig explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the massive Gulf of Mexico spill. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
  • ** FILE ** Oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill floats on the water with clouds reflected in the sheen on Barataria Bay off the coast of Louisiana, June 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)** FILE ** Oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill floats on the water with clouds reflected in the sheen on Barataria Bay off the coast of Louisiana, June 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
  • In this file photo made June 3, 2010, a brown pelican covered in oil sits on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast in the wake of the BP Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's point man on the disaster, said Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, BP's well "is effectively dead."  A permanent cement plug sealed BP's well nearly 2.5 miles below the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico, five agonizing months after an explosion sank a drilling rig and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)In this file photo made June 3, 2010, a brown pelican covered in oil sits on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast in the wake of the BP Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's point man on the disaster, said Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, BP's well "is effectively dead." A permanent cement plug sealed BP's well nearly 2.5 miles below the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico, five agonizing months after an explosion sank a drilling rig and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
  • ** FILE ** Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Director P.J. Hahn rescues a heavily oiled bird from the waters of Barataria Bay, which are laden with oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Barataria Bay, La., on June 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)** FILE ** Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Director P.J. Hahn rescues a heavily oiled bird from the waters of Barataria Bay, which are laden with oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Barataria Bay, La., on June 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
  • This Sunday, June 6, 2010 file picture shows a small oil-covered fish on the water's surface at Bay Long off the coast of Louisiana. An April 20, 2010 explosion at the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore platform killed 11 men, and the subsequent leak released an estimated 172 million gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)This Sunday, June 6, 2010 file picture shows a small oil-covered fish on the water's surface at Bay Long off the coast of Louisiana. An April 20, 2010 explosion at the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore platform killed 11 men, and the subsequent leak released an estimated 172 million gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
  • BP PLC CEO Tony Hayward asks members of the media to step back as he walks along Fourchon Beach in Port Fourchon, La., Monday, May 24, 2010. Hayward visited the beach to observe efforts to clean oil that washed ashore from last month's Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BP PLC CEO Tony Hayward asks members of the media to step back as he walks along Fourchon Beach in Port Fourchon, La., Monday, May 24, 2010. Hayward visited the beach to observe efforts to clean oil that washed ashore from last month's Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Associated Press writers Pete Yost in Washington and Holbrook Mohr in Jackson, Miss., contributed to this story.

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