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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: Wrong from start
By MrBlastman on 5/25/2010 7:47:11 AM , Rating: 1
Well, according to the media we're all doomed, which, if you read between the lines of my post, you'd see perfect justification that we could use to actually get the permissions to nuke it. :) Sometimes, you have to manipulate the media just like they manipulate us.

Fact of the matter is though, if you set off a nuke in proximity to the well (not on top of it!), the pressure waves from the water could crush the pipe closed. The Russians have done this several times. Explosives act very differently underwater, much like they do in space.

We're all still here and okay.

RE: Wrong from start
By Anoxanmore on 5/25/2010 9:41:47 AM , Rating: 2
Umm, I guess you missed the memo where in 1981 and Russia tried to use a nuke it failed.

Its ok, I'll send it over to you again.

RE: Wrong from start
By MrBlastman on 5/25/2010 9:49:37 AM , Rating: 1
What's the harm in trying it, at least? You don't get anywhere in life without taking risks.

Oh, by the way, the attempt in 1966 proved successful and after that they used it four more times.

Soooooo, that means, 4 worked, 1 failed, giving it an 80% shot. Sounds pretty good, right? They might not have used it in deep water but there's always a first for anything.

RE: Wrong from start
By Anoxanmore on 5/25/2010 10:11:20 AM , Rating: 2
No, the attempt in 1966 was not the same, that was blowing out a gas well fire, not stopping a leak from a highly pressurized oil rig.

Worst that could happen? Easily, release ALL of the trapped oil in that well at the same time. If it isn't a huge issue now, that would be pretty much the end of the gulf goast for human life span.

Earth itself would be fine though.

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