Setback: BP cap in limbo over gov’t questions
NEW ORLEANS – BP’s work to cap its Gulf of Mexico gusher was in limbo Wednesday after the federal government raised concerns the operation could put damaging pressure on the busted well and make the leak worse.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the government didn’t want potentially dangerous pressure tests on a new, tighter cap that has been placed on the well to go ahead until BP answers questions about possible risks.
Gibbs said he did not consider the delay to be “some giant setback,” describing it as “a series of steps … that are being taken in order to ensure that what we’re doing is being done out of an abundance of caution to do no harm.”
A top BP executive said there was no guarantee the company will get approval to go ahead with closing the cap, which is meant to be a temporary fix until the well is plugged from underground. Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles told The Associated Press in an interview that BP is trying to resolve the government’s concerns.
“I don’t know whether we will get that approval or not,” Suttles said. “I hope we do.”
At the same time, BP on its own temporarily halted the drilling of two relief wells that are designed to plug the gusher permanently with cement and mud. That work was halted for up to 48 hours as a precaution because it’s not yet clear what effect the testing of the new cap could have on it, the company said.
The delays were a stunning setback after the oil giant finally seemed to be on track following nearly three months of failed attempts to stop the spill, which has sullied beaches from Florida to Texas and decimated the multibillion dollar fishing industry.
MEANWHILE: The rumor is…………………..
People that live in the Gulf states might ought to be looking into buying a boat aka big boat =Ark….seems the new rulers of the Gulf Coast may be planning to use a NUKE to stop the flow of oil! Oh the Insanity of it all—HAHAHAHAHAHAHA—-she laughs in hysteria while the men in white secure their wrappings around her back before hauling her to the loony bin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Helpful hint just in case they REALLY do this insanity….. can we say TSUNAMI or worse if a NUKE is used?