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Government officials are not so sure

Deadline after deadline has passed, and the U.S. government is growing tired of waiting for BP's supposed relief efforts that don't seem to be working. After one failed attempt at a dome and a relief well that could take until August, BP executives are saying they have more options to explore, and that the governments efforts would not produce any different results.

"We won't quit until we get this job done," said Doug Suttles, BP's chief operating officer. "We're doing everything we can."

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said BP has "from day one, frankly, not fulfilled the mission it was supposed to fulfill" and "if we find that they're not doing what they're supposed to be doing, we'll push them out of the way."

"In terms of not trusting BP, there's nobody--nobody--who is more devastated by what has happened and nobody that wants to shut this off more than we do and learn what happened so this never happens anywhere, to anyone, anywhere in the world again," said Robert Dudley, BP's managing director.

BP's next attempt at plugging the leak will be put to the test on Wednesday, where a thick, viscous fluid that is twice the density of water will be pumped into the core site of the leak. This will hopefully lead to the final stage of sealing the well permanently with cement.

Suttles said that if this attempt fails, BP's other options include placing an even smaller dome over the leak (for the third time), installing a blowout preventer, trying a "junk shot" (where rubber and other substances are used to plug the well), and the final solution being the relief well that could take up to 80 days to complete.

Two Obama administration officials went to Louisiana Monday to evaluate the response to the BP oil spill. In addition, Salazar and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will attend a flyover of affected areas as well as meet with BP representatives. Louisiana state and parish leaders, such as St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro, demanded that the federal government allow them to "dredge up walls of sand to close the channels between the Gulf and coastal estuaries." 

"Either the Coast Guard has to side with its American citizens and protect its communities, or it has to side with a major world corporation named BP and betray American citizens in that process," said Taffaro.

In addition, Coast Guard Rear Adm. and federal on-scene coordinator Mary Landry said the barrier island project, which is a $350 million blueprint to repair Louisiana's barrier islands,  is still under review. Environmental and officials are reviewing the impact this project may have on "endangered and threatened species."

In response, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser pointed to an oil-covered pelican nesting ground and replied, "Is it affected now?"



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RE: Not sure what people are expecting...
By hyvonen on 5/25/2010 2:13:05 AM , Rating: 2
I'm flabbergasted by your complete mistrust of the Government while exhibiting blind unwavering trust of Big Companies.

The Big Companies are out to maximize shareholder value. At least the Government has some incentive to try to help regular people.


By karielash on 5/25/2010 9:50:36 AM , Rating: 1
I don't have much faith in big industry...

But...

Have you seen the US Senate lately?


RE: Not sure what people are expecting...
By MrBlastman on 5/25/2010 10:05:17 AM , Rating: 2
The Government has zero incentive to help regular people. None. They have EVERY incentive to LIE to regular people so they get their votes.

That is about it.

Why?

Simple:

Regular people don't have millions of dollars to lobby Washington with. Washington listens to where the money comes from. If someone offers them cash, they take it and do the deed.

It is a _very_ simple concept. If you think politicians are looking out for YOU then you really need pinch yourself so you can wake up. The only person looking out for you is yourself, not any of the scumbags that are in Congress (or the White House).

The Government, at least, right now, is all about looking out for themselves and benefitting their pockets the best way that they can.


By AEvangel on 5/25/2010 10:25:40 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The Government, at least, right now, is all about looking out for themselves and benefiting their pockets the best way that they can


That is so true...and I wouldn't shorten yourself to right now....they have been that way for the last 150 years.


By AEvangel on 5/25/2010 10:30:02 AM , Rating: 2
Here is your proof it's all the Govt Fault it's not capped.

quote:
The EPA’s Carol Browner: BP does have the technology. They’re the ones who understand how the robots work; they’re the ones who understand how the vessels work. But that doesn’t mean we’re not bringing to bear our best talent and doesn’t mean we’re not in charge. We are in charge, and they take direction from us when we need to provide that direction.


So they EPA has been in charge from day one then?? I guess we can blame the Govt for the delay since according to the EPA they are in charge.


By clovell on 5/25/2010 12:03:07 PM , Rating: 1
Talk is cheap and bullshit is free, dude - you want to get a bead on someone? Watch what they do.

BP is as far from blameless as heaven is from hell right now, but they're the only ones DOING anything.


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