Thursday, June 03, 2010

Containment Cap = Vacuum Hose Assembly

The Unified Area Command has their risk management lingo down pat. Reuters reported:

"The placement of the containment cap is another positive development in BP's most recent attempt to contain the leak. However, it will be some time before we can confirm that this method will work and to what extent it will mitigate the release of oil into the environment," Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said in the statement, according to CNN.

"Even if successful, this is only a temporary and partial fix and we must continue our aggressive response, operations at the source, on the surface and along the Gulf's precious coastline," he added.

The containment cap is similar to a wall plug in a central vacuuming system. It enables gushing oil to be vacuumed up to tankers waiting on the surface. BP's well will spew until plugged from below by relief wells, August at the earliest.

As for Thad Allen's aggressive response, promised by President Obama on April 29, Dutch skimmers are on the way. They've been on hold for a month.

Meanwhile, it's clear the government and BP haven't been honest with the public. Before the Deepwater Horizon sank, Coast Guard reports show concern over high flow rates from a completely blown out well.

Interior Department Chief Ken Salazar's report has been submitted to President Obama. That it hasn't been made public should be no surprise.

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