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"Top kill" fails to stop BP oil spill; Obama statement

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2010
Statement by the President on the Latest Efforts to Contain the BP Oil Spill

Today, I've spoken with National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen, as well as Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and senior White House advisors John Brennan and Carol Browner regarding the ongoing efforts to stop the BP oil spill. From the beginning, our concern has been that the surest way to stop the flow of oil - the drilling of relief wells - would take several months to complete. So engineers and experts have explored a variety of alternatives to stop the leak now. They had hoped that the top kill approach attempted this week would halt the flow of oil and gas currently escaping from the seafloor. But while we initially received optimistic reports about the procedure, it is now clear that it has not worked. Rear Admiral Mary Landry today directed BP to launch a new procedure whereby the riser pipe will be cut and a containment structure fitted over the leak.

This approach is not without risk and has never been attempted before at this depth. That is why it was not activated until other methods had been exhausted. It will be difficult and will take several days. It is also important to note that while we were hopeful that the top kill would succeed, we were also mindful that there was a significant chance it would not. And we will continue to pursue any and all responsible means of stopping this leak until the completion of the two relief wells currently being drilled.

As I said yesterday, every day that this leak continues is an assault on the people of the Gulf Coast region, their livelihoods, and the natural bounty that belongs to all of us. It is as enraging as it is heartbreaking, and we will not relent until this leak is contained, until the waters and shores are cleaned up, and until the people unjustly victimized by this manmade disaster are made whole.

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What is going on in Gulf of Mexico is horrible, I have seen some photos that make you sick of this oil spill. Do not know what are they still doing.I received an email from my friend that if you are affected from the oil spill and would like to sue them here is the place http://bit.ly/ayU0hA

What is going on in Gulf of Mexico is horrible, I have seen some photos that make you sick of this oil spill. Do not know what are they still doing.I received an email from my friend that if you are affected from the oil spill and would like to sue them here is the place http://bit.ly/ayU0hA

Obama, too, has his mantras of comfort think: "this isn't going to be easy" is now a favorite (and non-compelling) cliche; yet, it is easy to see Obama is not holding BP or federal officials accountable for even the basics of communications, reporting, or manning operations.

I still suggest moving outside of the invisible but restricting limits of comfort think (media pundits are indicted by their parade of experts who have no new ideas) and embrace transparent and public discussions about two technical solutions readily available, within easy reach: ignore the Army Corps of Engineers review and design-build sea berms on Louisiana's submerged barrier islands; use the advanced Aegis system (operating in the Navy's Arleigh Burke destroyer class, built in Misissippi!) designed to guide torpedoes and small missiles with non-nuclear munitions with pinpoint accuracy underwater. True, the explosive charges would have to be re-configured and re-installed, a simple task for munitions experts who take down buildings by implosion without a brick flying across the street.

Kill the well. BP, in their comfort think, is still trying to save it. Boom and the leak stops.

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