TOP KILL, TOP FAILURE …
Yesterday BP announced that there most recent effort to plug the oil spill leak had failed. The “Top Kill” method that was supposed to plug the leak turned out to be of no success and was halted. Now BP and the Obama Administration have to look in a new direction to stop the leak and save credibility. The Top Kill failure is yet just another in the long line of failures for BP and Obama with the oil spill that is now at a level that is frustrating and angering all. The LEFT and the RIGHT are furious.
In another serious setback in the effort to stem the flow of oil gushing from a well a mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico, BP engineers said Saturday that the “top kill” technique had failed and, after consultation with government officials, they had decided to move on to another strategy.
Doug Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer for exploration and production, said at a news conference that the engineers would try once again to solve the problem with a containment cap and that it could take four to seven days for the device to be in place.
“After three full days of attempting top kill, we now believe it is time to move on to the next of our options,” Mr. Suttles said.
The abandonment of the top kill technique, the most ambitious effort yet to plug the well, was the latest in a series of failures. First, BP failed in efforts to repair a blowout preventer with submarine robots. Then its initial efforts to cap the well with a containment dome failed when it became clogged with a frothy mix of frigid water and gas. Efforts to use a hose to gather escaping oil have managed to catch only a fraction of the spill.
BP states that it will now move on to yet another option in its efforts to stop the oil spill which is now the largest in US history. Next on the list to try and stop the oil leak is called the Lower Marine Riser Package.
BP is expected to announce that it will move on to its next option, known as LMRP. The procedure involves cutting off the failed, leaking riser at the top of the Lower Marine Riser Package on the blowout preventer to get a clean-cut surface on the pipe.
Then the company will install a cap with a sealing grommet that would be connected to a new riser from the Discoverer Enterprise drillship, with the hopes of capturing most of the oil and gas flowing from the well.
Now that Obama has claimed he is in charge and it is his responsibility, Obama has not met his “Hurricane Katrina” instead Obama has met his Iran hostage moment. Obama took the gamble that BP said that Top Kill had a 60% to 70% chance of success. It came up snake eyes for Obama and he lost. Now he must face the political ramifications.
Flopping Aces has more on the questioning of Obama’s leadership in this crisis. So what does a responsible President do when such an ecological disater is going on and there is no end in sight … go on vacation and play hoops of course. Every one wanted to know how this inexperience President would handle a crisis … does any one have any questions still?