July 27th, 2010
04:12 PM ET

Oil crisis response chief says 'Task before us is very clear'

"The task that's laid out before us is very clear right now," the man in charge of the federal Gulf of Mexico oil crisis response said Tuesday.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen told a teleconference, "We have absolute priorities on killing the well, maintaining the recovery, making sure the oil is all removed and making sure the beaches are cleaned up and that the commitment by BP to the people is met."

Setbacks withstanding and weather permitting, crews in the Gulf of Mexico are back on track to permanently shut down BP's once-gushing wellhead in the next few weeks.

Allen reiterated Tuesday he expects the first step to begin Monday, August 2. The process, called a "static kill," involves pouring mud and cement into the well from above.


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  1. Smith in Oregon

    Yes, I agree the Republican goal and directives are very daunting. Pretend this huge disaster never occurred. Tell the American public the Gulf seafood is entirely safe to consume. Figure out how to convince the American taxpayers that without federal environmental impact plans and federal emergency contingency plans filed for each single deep Ocean Oil lease site, it is safe to put in exploratory wells. Figure out how to convince the American taxpayers that although all nations force Big Oil to have one or more relief wells drilled as they drill a deep Ocean exploratory well, that America doesn't need the same restrictions.

    I think the Republican Potty'ticians are swimming in a toxic morass of their own fiction and will find it is un-sellable.

    July 27, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

      has been BP deliberately KILLED from its inside???
      as you can read in my iReport (linked below) BP has had a tool to easily, quickly and cheaply STOP the oil spill from the EARLY DAYS of May:
      but they haven't used it, leaving this giant disaster to happen for TWO MORE MONTHS !!!
      so, "could" have "someone" inside BP deliberately done that to see the company's value to FALL very much and very quickly, to take over the company or sell it to another company for a few cents price???
      will, the Press, investigate on this hypothesis???

      July 27, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

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      July 27, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

      hey, Tony... it seems that, soon, you'll have much more time to post your trash against me here with the qwerasdf nickname... 🙂

      July 28, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |