June 7th, 2010
11:05 AM ET

Allen: It will take years after spill to restore environment

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said the oil disaster will hold a siege on the Gulf until relief wells are completed at the end of the summer.

[Updated at 11:05 a.m.] Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's response manager for the oil disaster, said Monday that roughly 120 miles of coastline in the Gulf of Mexico have been affected by the spill and it could take years to fully restore the environment impacted by the disaster.

Allen, who was speaking at a White House press briefing, was asked about his speculation that the disaster would continue into the fall of this
year.

"Well, I think we need to be realistic and honest and transparent with the American people," Allen said. "You know, when the relief well is finished
and it's capped, sometime in August, oil will have flowed to the surface in some manner because we probably won't get 100 percent containment, we
want as much as we can get, so there'll still be oil on the surface the day the well is capped."

Allen was asked whether his assessment about months might be what some experts called a "pipe dream." He clarified that when he mentioned that
the spill would take months to clean up - he wasn't including the long-term environmental impact.

"Dealing with the oil spill on the surface is going to go on for a couple of months," he said. "After that it'll be taken care of. I agree with you, long-term issues of restoring the environment and the habitats and stuff will be - will be years."

Allen said they will have to conduct natural resource damage assessments to determine what the long-term effects will be and what BP might need to
do to correct those problems.

He did point to some success in BP's efforts to cap the gusher saying that 11,000 barrels of oil had been collected from the broken well during the previous 24 hours.

[Posted at 10:21 a.m.]The government's point man overseeing response to the oil disaster in the Gulf will brief President Obama and the Cabinet in Washington on Monday.

And while we don't know what he's planning to say, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen made it very clear that though there may have been some small victories in the effort to contain and clean up oil the battle is far from over.

Allen, speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," warned that even if the attempt to cap the well is successful in capturing some of the oil, more will still leak.

"There will be oil out there for months to come," Allen said.

In the meantime more oil will continue to spew out until relief wells are drilled and completed - which is expected to take until the end of the summer.

"This will be well into the fall," Allen said. "This is a siege across the entire Gulf. This spill is holding everybody hostage, not only economically but physically. And it has to be attacked on all fronts."

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  1. Craig N. Barthelmas

    Subject: PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN, Dated: 1814, this is an oil spill contingency plan that has a proven extraction process. If British Petroleum’s hired goons stop authorized U.S. press from filming on American Soil just one more time, History may repeat its self!

    THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS, by Johnny Horton: In 1814 we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip, we took a little bacon and we took a little beans, we caught the bloody British in a town in New Orleans

    We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin', there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago we fired once more and they begin to runnin', on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    We looked down the river and we see'd the British come, there must have been a hundred of'em, beatin' on the drums They stepped so high, and they made their bugles ring, we stood by our cotton bales, and didn't say a thing

    We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin', there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago we fired once more and they begin to runnin', on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    Old Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise if we didn't fire our muskets 'Till we looked 'em in the eye, we held our fire 'Till we see'd their faces well Then we opened up our squirrel guns And really gave 'em – well we

    Fired our guns and the British kept a-comin', there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago we fired once more and they begin to runnin', on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    Yeah, they ran through the briars And they ran through the brambles And they ran through the bushes Where the rabbit couldn't go They ran so fast That the hounds couldn't catch 'em On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    We fired our cannon 'til the barrel melted down So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round We filled his head with cannon balls, and powdered his behind And when we touched the powder off the gator lost his mind

    We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin', there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago we fired once more and they begin to runnin', on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

    Yeah, they ran through the briars And they ran through the brambles And they ran through the bushes Where the rabbit couldn't go They ran so fast That hounds couldn't catch 'em On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. Go Johnny!

    We posted a PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN, Dated: 10 May 2010, this is a post oil spill contingency plan that has a proven Oil Spill extraction process and a patented Hydro-Carbon (emissions free) recycling technology.

    We’ve found a pre-processed material and developed an action plan that will extract up to 98% of oil spill contaminants from the surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It also includes contingencies for, re-processing all of the oil drenched materials back into re-usable fuels and commodities creating, long term renewable energy revenues for the community.

    We all know that BP has been feeding us misinformation and then trying to minimize their cost by denying problems exist. Yes! We sent BP and other agencies our plan. Operations of this nature have a price tag associated with them and so, it would appear that they have no wish to spend anything on an oil spill they can’t control or that won’t go back into their pockets. This cannot be allowed to go on any longer! We have four suggestions to remedy this situation.

    a. Executive orders from the president to keep BP within five miles of their oil rig to work on plugging their oil well.
    b. Executive orders from the president keeping BP completely out of the state containment and clean-up process.
    c. Executive orders from the president to keep BP paying for the affected business and state clean-up’s, on time.
    d. Find a way to approve pro-active plans rapidly and, for God’s sake, make decisions without first consulting BP.

    To date, BP has not plugged the well, contained the oil spill or even moved quickly to approve state contingency plans to keep oil off their shores. BP needs to plug their damned hole and pay the states for containment and clean-up operations.

    Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Craig N. Barthelmas ge1re22@aol.com

    June 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jason Hartzog

    The loop current will become slowed to a stop by the heavier oil and the world will fall into a 1000 to 10,000 year ice age. No big deal if you dont need to eat.

    June 11, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
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