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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 alphadog on 5/25/2010 9:34:00 AM , Rating: 1
Here's the Republitard strategy: if Obama does something, scream "Socialist powergrabber!", and when he sits back and let's laissez-faire market economics take care of the world's pains, scream: "Do Nothing President!"

It's a win-win!

RE: Not sure what people are expecting...
By Reclaimer77 on 5/25/2010 9:59:31 AM , Rating: 1
I love how you guys can't stand your own medicine that we all had to put up with for the last 9 years. If you don't like to see a President dragged through the mud, then maybe you shouldn't have done it yourself? Your post describes the EXACT blue print the Democrats used against Bush.

By knutjb on 5/25/2010 10:30:08 AM , Rating: 2
The quote that's missing from Ken Salazar is where he said government has to keep its boot on BP's neck. If that image doesn't disturb you what will? This does conjure up Brown Shirt tactics.

The Feds ARE just as responsible for the clean up as BP is, only they waited 9 days to think about doing anything. Then then only gave us lip service. Yes the Coast Guard did respond but not for the mess just the accident.

It took place in Fed waters because environmentalist didn't want them close to shore. If this accident had been in a few hundred feet, or even on land, it would have been stopped in a couple of days. Our ability to operate at a mile is limited. BTW you can't see a drilling platform from shore if its more than 4 miles away.

Put your head in the sand if you want but you are politically blinded if you don't think Obama holds no skin in this game. Bush did not have the right legally to take control in LA and may have broken several laws when he did send in the troops. The laws places the Governor and Mayors in charge for such disasters. This occurred in Fed waters, not state waters which only extend 3 miles out.

RE: Not sure what people are expecting...
By alphadog on 5/25/2010 11:03:02 AM , Rating: 2
"You guys"? Lol. You are really amusing.

Just because you're a paranoid extremist doesn't immediately mean I am on the other extreme. (Hint: Not all is black-and-white. There are more centrists and moderates than there are far-whatever. We're just not as noisy.)

By clovell on 5/25/2010 12:01:14 PM , Rating: 1
Wha's amusing is how you guys devolve the argument into a 2-party pissing match. Obama is doing a few hairs more than jack shit about this, and here we are bitching about BP with half-assed theories about how they're really not trying when they're already executed some possible solutions, are in the process of executing more, and also in the process of developing more just in case.

By Reclaimer77 on 5/25/2010 5:50:12 PM , Rating: 2
(Hint: Not all is black-and-white. There are more centrists and moderates than there are far-whatever. We're just not as noisy.)

aka. People with loose ideals, no moral compass, quick to stay neutral or choose the wrong side, fast to change their stance for fear of looking unpopular.

You people are honestly just Liberals in sheep's clothing. You aren't fooling anyone. If you can sit through what's happened for the last year plus and NOT be outraged, then I think it's time to rethink your position. And don't call others "paranoid extremist's" because they are more informed and aware than you. Besides, I rather be called a paranoid extremist than a blind fool looking through rose colored glasses. Hopeless optimism and blind faith exposes how weak you really are as a person.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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