Like a lazy adolescent with senioritis, BP had been intimating that they might not need to finish up drilling the relief well that would permanently stop the Macondo well in the Gulf, arguing that the heavy drilling mud, cement and other containment strategies are holding. Admiral Thad Allen gave that idea the big no-go today.
|By: Jim White Friday July 30, 2010 11:35 am|
Yesterday, Time magazine published a disgusting screed telling us all to calm down about the hundreds of millions of gallons of crude oil BP has released into the Gulf of Mexico and then even sent the author to push his drivel on Hardball. In starting the corporate media’s push-back against the level of damage arising from BP’s irresponsibility, Time has joined a team that previously consisted of BP, Thad Allen, EPA and NOAA.
|By: David Dayen Monday July 19, 2010 9:30 am|
IANAE (I am not an engineer), but I’m getting a little uneasy since the goals of BP and the government diverge.
|By: bmaz Thursday July 15, 2010 5:00 pm|
For the first time since Macondo, the Mouth Of Hell, first blew out in a fiery explosion on April 20, killing eleven men in the process, BP seems to have the well under control and there appears to be no hydrocarbons leaking into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
|By: David Dayen Saturday July 10, 2010 11:30 am|
The last time they tried to make something temporarily worse before they made it better, when they sliced the pipe to get a tighter fit on the current containment cap, it increased the flow rate so much it very nearly negated the effect of the capturing.
|By: Jim White Wednesday July 7, 2010 5:35 pm|
CNN provides no explanation of why Admiral Thad Allen would say that with the new containment cap in place, 80,000 barrels of oil a day could be recovered even though their same story parrots the current government estimate that places an upper limit of 65,000 barrels a day on the leak rate.
|By: Scarecrow Thursday May 27, 2010 6:15 pm|
At a late afternoon news conference, Coast Guard and BP officials sought to put the best face on the fact BP had suspended its “top kill” mud injections since about midnight last night. They hope to restart the effort, possibly combined with a “junk shot,” later Thursday night.
|By: David Dayen Thursday May 27, 2010 8:35 am|
BP has made enough claims during this process that they need to be careful making any others. Even Fox News anchors recognize they cannot be trusted. Enough mud has apparently been pumped into the well to stop oil from being pumped out, but that could change; it’s basically a pressure battle. And importantly, capping the well this very second would still mean untold millions of gallons of oil on and below the surface of the Gulf. But capping the underwater gusher is clearly a top priority, and right now they’re claiming some success on the top kill.
|By: Scarecrow Sunday May 23, 2010 4:00 pm|
For all the frustration and chest thumping, when you boil it down, the only non-crazy “new” idea is that authorities gather a bunch of smart people and see if they have an idea how to stop this thing that hasn’ beent/isn’t being tried.