Sunday, September 19, 2010

Thad Allen's Anticlimactic "Stake in the Heart"

National Incident Commander Thad Allen released a statement on the success of the relief well cement job. I'll omit Thad's usual obfuscation and jump to the key message:

We can now state, definitively, that the Macondo well poses no continuing threat to the Gulf of Mexico.

It also stated:

Oversight of the well now transitions from the National Incident Command to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.

Thad had oversight of the well? Funny, he didn't have a clue as to the formation below the last casing. That's but one of many questionable statements by Allen.

The public might expect an appearance from the National Incident Commander, complete with charts and querying news reporters. However, we're within two months of an election and politicians want this story to go away.

Thus, there will be no ceremony, no celebration, no "Mission Accomplished" banner, no Q & A. Politics demands Thad issue a press release and walk away. President Obama followed with a statement of his own.

I'll raise a toast to not having to use the Matt Simmons/Bill Clinton solution, bombing the well bore for a permanent seal. The geological monster is dead. They've extinguished the heart of the beast, but it's toxic blood continues to migrate in the Gulf of Mexico.

Only, there's another monster lurking, a mechanical one. BP's risk management machine grinds onward.

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