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Obama Delays Plugging The Hole 24 Hrs

From a blame-shifting Associated Press:

BP delays work on stopgap and permanent well fix

By Tom Breen And Harry R. Weber, Associated Press Writers

July 14, 2010

NEW ORLEANS – After days of progress on the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, BP said Wednesday that delays have temporarily stopped work beneath the water on both a stopgap solution and a permanent fix to the gusher.

BP was vague about the reasons for pushing back tests of a new cap meant to trap oil in the well and why it stopped, for up to 48 hours, drilling on a relief well aimed at plugging the gusher for good from underground.

Kent Wells, a senior vice president at the oil giant, said at a morning news briefing that it was the government’s call late Tuesday to re-evaluate plans for testing the new cap over the leak. That plan was put on hold for 24 hours.

With oil still gushing freely into the Gulf, Wells said BP and federal officials will re-evaluate the best path forward after the 24 hours.

But he did not commit with certainty to returning to the plan, in place before the late Tuesday delay, to shut the leak off by closing the valves on the new cap. Wells suggested other oil collection options might be redeployed.

"We want to move forward with this as soon as we are ready to do it," he said.

Wells said the cap test, which could put the oil in the well under added pressure, could have an effect on the relief well. He did not elaborate.

The relief well’s timeframe has always been hazy, with company and federal officials giving estimates ranging from the end of July to the middle of August before it can be completed.

We don’t understand why the media doesn’t go straight to the horse’s mouth and ask Mr. Obama. After all, he says he is the man in charge.

Wells said the test delay was ordered by National Incident Commander Thad Allen, who wanted to make sure everyone was clear on the steps involved and what the data gathered during the test might mean.

"This test is so important a decision was taken to give them another 24 hours to make sure this was the best possible test procedure we could execute," he said

Oh, what’s the rush?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Obama Delays Plugging The Hole 24 Hrs”

  1. actor111 says:

    All we have heard from this WH and the media is that Obama is “in charge.” And now Reid’s Carbon Tax? Looks like another crisis.

  2. Tater Salad says:

    It has been almost 3 months since the oil well spill, President Obama has dragged his feet for 70 days before “he even took minimal action and now it is apparently and hopeful that the oil spill might be contained. We now will watch “how long it will take” before Obama will jump on the band wagon and take credit for the capping of the well. Pathetic is the only word to describe this President and his hand-picked staff of “inexperienced, left wing politicians”.


  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    New agency for looking into the oil leak.

    Federal Internal Assessment System for Containment of Oil or, FIASCO.

  4. BigOil says:

    This is a case of grandstanding.

    Our all knowing and highly efficient government must step in at the last minute to analyze the cap design to ensure it will be safe and work properly. Therefore, once it works, Barry and his bunglers can take full credit.

  5. proreason says:

    One thing is for certain.

    The purpose of the delay is in the criminals self interest, NOT to serve the interests of America.

  6. NoNeoCommies says:

    Maybe it’s BP delaying until the White House promises them $20B.

  7. Reality Bytes says:

    For a guy who said he didn’t mind grabbin’ a mop & clean up other people’s messes, he sure is takin’ his time now isn’t he.

  8. Rick Caird says:

    We are constantly being told the government is in charge. Some “in charge”. BP has been working on this for weeks and now Allen decides they need to spend another day analyzing the sea bed? The obvious question is why this wasn’t done in parallel with all the other work. There was no dependency of the one on the other.

    The federal government has shown such incompetency throughout this whole affair that it is difficult not to conclude the incompetence is deliberate. Forget about about Occam Razor.

  9. finebammer59 says:

    just plug the hole, daddy!

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