Saturday, May 29, 2010

Top Kill Fails

Top kill's failure punctuated day 40 of BP's oil catastrophe. BP's abysmal reputation took another hit. Reuters reported BP's latest risk management pitch:

Hayward had given top kill a 60 to 70 percent chance of success, but the procedure was fraught with risk because it had never been attempted at the depth of the well, a mile (1.6 km) beneath the sea.

"I am disappointed this operation did not work," Hayward said in a statement. "The team executed the operation perfectly and the technology worked without a single hitch."

Except for the hitch of a system too open to push down the oil and cap the well with concrete.

The Obama administration and BP haven't been honest with the public. They sold a "working top kill" when pumps weren't pushing mud. Today, President Obama had the gall to remind us of their staging.

"While we initially received optimistic reports about the (top kill) procedure, it is now clear that it has not worked," Obama said in a statement.

It's now a race to pump spewing oil from the sea floor into tankers on the surface. That won't happen until day 44, at the earliest. More time is wasting, according to Matt Simmons.

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