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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Thad W. Allen
The Obama administration's repeated low estimates of the huge BP PLC oil spill undermined public confidence in the government's entire cleanup effort, leaders of a White House-appointed commission declared at an investigatory hearing Monday. One likened the mistakes to Custer's disastrous decisions at Little Bighorn.
The federal official running the BP oil spill response proposed on Monday having a third party from the oil industry represent polluters to correct perceptions that the company responsible in such disasters is in charge of cleaning up the mess.
A cement plug finally has permanently sealed BP's leaking well nearly 2.5 miles below the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico.
After five months, the oil well that had spewed millions of gallons into the Gulf of Mexico is on the verge of being plugged once and for all.
The blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico could be pronounced dead in a matter of days.
The U.S. government's point man on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Wednesday that BP's blown-out well is expected to be sealed permanently and declared dead by Sunday, nearly five months after a rig explosion set off the disaster.
The image of thick crude gushing from a blown-out oil well a mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico was turned off when a tightly fitting cap was secured on top a month and a half ago.
The federal government said engineers will start work Monday to remove the temporary cap that stopped oil from gushing out of BP's blown-out Gulf well so that crews can raise a key piece of equipment from the seabed.
The company that owned the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico is accusing BP of withholding what it describes as critical evidence needed to investigate the cause of the worst maritime oil spill in history, according to a confidential internal document obtained by the Associated Press.
Shrimpers returned to Louisiana waters Monday for the first commercial season since the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, uncertain what crude still may be in the water and what price they'll get for the catch if consumers worry about possible lingering effects from the massive BP spill.
BP's blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is not yet plugged for good, and work on what's been touted as the permanent solution will need to continue, the federal government said Friday.
Crews drilling a relief well aimed at putting a permanent underground plug in BP's busted oil well in the Gulf of Mexico will suspend their work until storms pass, the government's point man for the disaster said Tuesday.
The U.S. government's point man overseeing BP's response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico gives the company high marks for its engineering response but low marks in dealing with people.
A star-studded team of professional basketball players joined President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan in a game for U.S. troops and young people Sunday.