07/19/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
New Orleans – Recent developments may mean a reopening of the Gulf oil well that was capped on Thursday to stop the massive oil spill that lasted several weeks prior. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), BP and the Obama administration provided varying observations about the circumstances Sunday regarding the need for reopening the well.
As noted in the report, the government’s plan to pipe oil to surface ships may lead to a few more days of spillage to ensure that the situation is not worsened and the leak is effectively stopped. However, BP has reportedly proposed a seemingly different view for what the next steps should be.
Doug Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer, is quoted by the AP as stating, “No one associated with this whole activity … wants to see any more oil flow into the Gulf of Mexico… Right now we don’t have a target to return the well to flow.”
Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, spill response chief for the Obama administration, is further quoted as stating in a news release, “While we are pleased that no oil is currently being released into the Gulf of Mexico and want to take all appropriate action to keep it that way, it is important that all decisions are driven by the science… Ultimately, we must ensure no irreversible damage is done which could cause uncontrolled leakage from numerous points on the sea floor.”
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