Thursday, May 27, 2010


Why can't we get simple yes or no answers about anything anymore? The Coast Guard says it's fixed while BP says it's not. Yes or no, that's all we ask. If they don't know then don't say anything. WTF??!!!!

"Engineers have stopped the flow of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico from a gushing BP well, the federal government's top oil-spill commander, U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said Thursday morning.

The "top kill" effort, launched Wednesday afternoon by industry and government engineers, had pumped enough drilling fluid to block oil and gas spewing from the well, Allen said. The pressure from the well was very low, he said, but persisting.

Once engineers had reduced the well pressure to zero, they were to begin pumping cement into the hole to entomb the well. To help in that effort, he said, engineers also were pumping some debris into the blowout preventer at the top of the well."
LA Times

"BP refused to say Thursday morning whether the latest effort to staunch the huge oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico had stopped the flow.

"The operation continues," BP managing director Bob Dudley told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira, but it is "too early to draw conclusions from it."

Dudley did say that "top kill" was "moving the way we wanted to" and that the situation would be clearer later in the day.

"It wouldn’t be reasonable for anybody to draw a conclusion from that until we’ve killed the well for good," he told Vieira."

"Scientists say the Gulf of Mexico spill has now leaked far more oil than the Exxon Valdez disaster — maybe even three-and-a-half times as much.

That makes the Gulf spill by far the worst in U.S. history.

U.S. Geological Survey Director Dr. Marcia McNutt said Thursday that a government task force estimates that anywhere from 500,000 gallons to a million gallons a day has been leaking. BP and the Coast Guard had put the flow at about 210,000 gallons per day.

The new government estimate means at least 19 million gallons and maybe as much as 39 million gallons have leaked in the five weeks since an oil rig exploded and sank. Exxon Valdez spilled about 11 million gallons.

BP is trying to plug the leak and says it has siphoned off about 924,000 gallons."

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