Salazar to review blowout containment ahead of Capitol Hill grilling

The trip comes ahead of Salazar’s appearance before House and Senate committees next week to defend the Interior’s fiscal 2012 budget request.

He’s likely to face a grilling from Republicans and pro-drilling Democrats who are furious that his department has not yet resumed deepwater permitting, which was halted after the BP oil spill began.

Interior is requiring oil companies to show compliance with beefed-up safety standards and demonstrate that they can quickly contain runaway wells, like BP’s ill-fated Macondo well that ultimately dumped more than 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico last year.