September 20th, 2010
10:07 AM ET

Will BP drill again?

BP says it has permanently capped the ruptured oil well. But Adm. Thad Allen tells American Morning's John Roberts that there's still a lot of work to do to ensure cleanup operations continue.

Roberts: "As of Friday, there [were] still 2,600 vessels out there, 2,500 people working on cleanup operations. How long will that process go on?

Allen: As long as it takes to get the marshes and the beaches clean. We have detailed plans we've negotiated with the states and the parishes in Louisiana. In some areas, we're going to stay with this for quite a while. They still have oil in them; we still need to work on it. And some of these places we're going to have to agree on when we agree nothing further can be done. But right now, we're still at it."

Roberts: BP has left open the possibility of drilling into the reservoir again. Certainly there's an awful lot of oil beneath the sea floor there. But the question many people might have is after what happened with that well, is it a good idea to tap back into that reservoir?

Allen: I think whether they tap back into that reservoir or not will be something between BP and the Department of Interior. That's a policy decision. Frankly, it's above my pay grade. But through the joint investigative team and the reviews going on, not only deep sea drilling, but the response itself, there'll be a high level of assurance taken by the government before any decision is made.

Roberts: What's your personal sense of it after being involved so long? Should they go back down there?

Allen: I think we've got a lot of problems with energy in this country related to fossil fuels and [there's a] need to move to other types of fuels. This will have to be a balanced discussion taking in the need to have an energy policy moving forward as we transition to more environmentally friendly fuels.

Watch American Morning weekdays 6am to 9am ET. For the latest from American Morning click here.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. jerry

    for those who dont believe that prayer works or that GOD doesnt exist consider this things with the gulf oil spill never really started to get cleaned up until GODS people started to pray

    September 20, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Floria sigmundi

    I think this company needs to sell their assets in the us and pay their debts and resign from servicing in the petroleum industry

    Check out this video on YouTube

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUJ4bL6O3uw&w=640&h=360]

    September 20, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Don

    As long as there is money to be made; the oil companies will exploit it. These companies will not only make a profit; those profits will most certainly be obsene! I am sure that BP will at some point in the future will drill at that same area, again. And if any of their employees start to question corporate motives those same employees will be removed. I certainly hope that all that the beaches and marshes get cleaned up before they drill again. I also hope that the surviving wildlife is brought back to prespill health.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    Let's all keep in mind that the gulf oil disaster accounts for just a small percentage of oil leaking into the gulf from 1,000's of other wells. Add to that pollution deposited from the Mississippi River into the gulf for decades, and you come to understand that the gulf certainly was not clean before this incident. Do you think it's even possible to clean it up?

    September 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    The BP spill accounts for just a small percentage of the oil leaking from the 1000's of other gulf oilwells. Add to that the century's worth of filth dumped into the gulf by the Mississippi River, and you see that the gulf wasn't clean before this disaster. Is it possible to clean the gulf/oceans?

    September 20, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    Jerry, do you really think God is cleaning up the Gulf? The God of the bible say's that He will "bring to ruin those ruining the earth"...not clean up after them. and as if God is the kind of father who busies himself cleaning up after his disobedient children. How small your God seems to me.

    September 20, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brad

    The only way that I can see us getting off of oil is for there to be no more oil to be had. I don't base this on fact, but I think the oil supply will easily outlast us.I truly love the idea of alternative energy sources, but the global economy is too dependent on oil for it to be going away anytime soon. No oil company should not ever drill in such deep water ever again. A manageable limit should be established and never exceeded.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ang

    Prayers to god helping the oil spill? Next thing your going to say is the earth is only 5000 some odd years old.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    Ang, the bible doesn'T specify how long it took to create the earth. It does specify how long it took tob prepare the earth for mankind to inhabit. The idea that the world was created in 7 literal days is a lie told to you by fake "christian" leaders for many reasons. One being to keep anyone with a brain from considering God. Who with a brain could believe the earth was made in 7 days? Who with a brain would send money to a tv preacher thinking the money was for God? same answer to both questions. I hope this makes sense to someone. (smile)

    September 21, 2010 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dale

    I don't think it's safe to drill in such deep waters. i'm glad that the gulf isn't damaged to badly,but i believe it's more likley the power of nature rather than the power of god that's responsible for the quick clean up in the gulf.

    September 22, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |