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Gulf Oil Still Leaking U.S. Government in Charge

Posted by Jane Akre
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 12:36 PM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: Environmental Health, Oil Spill, Gulf Oil Spill, Dispersants, BP

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IMAGE SOURCE: Carol Browner appearing on MSNBC

Weekend Efforts Fail

It promises to be a mar on the Obama presidency.

President Barack Obama huddled with advisors this weekend over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill after the latest failure by BP to stop the leak by the so-called “top kill” method.

At a containment/ cleanup price of $990 million so far, BP is still seeing upward of 12,000 to 19,000 barrels seeping into Gulf waters every day.

The White House is sending out top energy advisor, Carol Browner to answer questions.

Talking to MSNBC Tuesday morning, she said the federal government has been and continues to be in charge.

“We’ve always been in charge,” she told reporters, adding that the federal government has brought in 100 of the best minds from the private and government sectors including Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize winning scientist, part of what she called the “brain trust.”

Late Add* President Obama told reporters in the Rose Garden Tuesday that the administration is ready to triple the manpower and that those responsible will be prosecuted for this the "greatest environmental disaster of its kind in history."

"My solemn pledge is we will bring those responsible to justice," he said.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is meeting with federal and state prosecutors in New Orleans to determine what groundwork needs to be established to pursue a criminal investigation.

What’s next?

“We always knew the relief wells in August would be the permanent solution. Meanwhile we tried to cap it. Now there is an effort to try and contain it,” said Browner.

BP’s latest effort involves lowering a dome over a broken riser pipe. Robots today will cut the pipe with sheers and diamond cut saw so BP engineers can lower a dome to stop the leak from the blowout preventer valve.

The ultimate relief may have to wait until August.

BP is digging two relief wells into the seabed to work on plugging the leak permanently, but they will not be ready until then. The incentive for BP is money. The government plans to fine BP per barrel per day that leaks into the Gulf, one reason Browner says the government wants to know just how much oil is leaking into the Gulf since the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers.

Who is in charge, ask NBC reporters. Does BP report to the government?

“I don’t think it’s changed, it’s the same since the beginning. BP is the responsible party that means they will pay for all of this and they act at the government’s direction and nothing has changed,” said Browner.

Tom Brokaw asked does the government have the power to veto BP decisions in the Gulf?

“Yes the government can say 'no'” said Browner.

“BP has the technology has the robots and they have vessels important to this effort. Don’t for one minute think we haven’t put our best minds in the room. They are there and will continue to be there.”

So far 29 dolphins have turned up dead and 227 seat turtles collected in the states of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. The National Wildlife Federation believes it’s the tip of the iceberg.

Louisiana's wetlands are the worst hit so far, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts winds may start moving the oil closer to the Mississippi and Alabama coasts.

Meanwhile financially for BP shares have plummeted on the London financial market when it opened Tuesday. #


3 Comments

Posted by Terry Groven
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 2:00 PM EST

Saw this on wimp.com what can we do about it?

The same thing happen to BP 31 years ago in the gulf. See video

Anonymous User
Posted by ronald gochenour
Thursday, June 24, 2010 8:58 AM EST

Subject: bp oil spill in the gulf


HOW DO WE CLEAN UP THE OIL,IF SOMEONE HAS A GOOD IDEA TO CLEAN UP THE OIL WHY NOT USE THAT IDEA.SO MUCH OIL IN THE GULF WITH LITTLE HOPE OF THE OIL BEING STOP BY AUG.DO NOT START DRILLING IN THE GULF,BP DO NOT DRILL IN THE USA.EPA/OSHA/FED GOV/LOCAL GOV/COAST GUARD/WHO IS IN CHARGE OF AIR QUALITY IN THE GULF,WHO IS IN CHARGE OF MAKING SURE PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT GEAR ON FOR CLEAN UP OIL IN THE GULF,WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE WHOLE CLEAN UP,WHY THE LOCAL GOV IS ON T.V.AND NOT MAKING SURE THAT THE OIL IS BEING CLEANED UP IN THE GULF.WHY THE COAST GUARD NOT CALL LOCAL GOV OIL IS COMING TO THE SHORE.WHY GOP WANT TO KEEP DRILLING AND WE CANNOT STOP THE OIL IN THE GULF,SOMETHING VERY WRONG WITH SOME PEOPLE IN THE GULF..... WHY THE PRESIDENT IS NOT IN THE GULF TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING BEING DONE FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE GULF.WHY THE PEOPLE IN THE GULF LOOSING SO MUCH MONEY AND BP NOT PAYING ON TIME,WHY SOME PEOPLE GETTING SICK,WHY THE PRESIDENT IS NOT MAKING BP PAY THE PEOPLE,WHY EPA-OSHA-NOT CK WHY SOME PEOPLE WORKING WITH OIL ARE SICK ................................VERY SAD THAT PEOPLE IN THE GULF LITTLE HOPE,THE FED GOV VERY POOR JOB/LOCAL GOV VERY POOR JOB/COAST GUARD VERY POOR JOB.THE PRESIDENT VERY POOR JOB.gop very poor job.bp veryverypoor job
RONALD GOCHENOUR

Anonymous User
Posted by ronald gochenour
Friday, July 02, 2010 10:50 PM EST

to the news media show the test on air quality and water test in the gulf .SPECIAL REPORT VERY BAD NEWS TODAY we cannot help all the half DEAD wildlife in the water and on land who is cleaning up all the dead fish. why don't you show the clean up on the shore and in the water. why don't you show all the people in the gulf that don't have food no money for bills ,some may loose home or business and BP not paying the workers and why the government not stepping in and making BP pay faster why the news media not stepping up for all the people in gulf. why not call out names of government people not doing a good job.WHY DON'T YOU SHOW ALL THE OIL.HAVE A SPECIAL REPORT EVERY 2 HOURS AND UP DATE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. EVERY HOUR IS A DISASTER IN THE GULF WHY NOT REPORT IT.FOX news.....CNN.....CNBC......MSNBC...news media not made any difference in the gulf oil spill. come on news media show some hope for the people in the gulf they deserve better from you
report on the sick people how many people lost their jobs.people in the gulf work to hard for their money. speak up

Ronald GOCHENOUR

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