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Thad W. Allen
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The federal government gave BP the green light Wednesday to try choking off the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher with an untested metal cap after a daylong delay to satisfy worries about whether the project might make the leak worse.
With a tight new cap installed on its leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, BP on Tuesday prepared to begin gradual tests to determine whether the device can stop oil from pouring into the sea for the first time in nearly three months.
As I watch the Gulf oil-spill fiasco continue to unfold, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen seems to be getting a pass from the media ("Tropical weather is new reason to worry in Gulf," Web, News, June 26).
The logistics of containing the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico are mind-boggling even in ideal conditions. Add a tropical storm like the one swirling in the Caribbean and things get even more complicated.
A cap was back in place on BP's broken oil well after a deep-sea blunder forced crews to temporarily remove what has been the most effective method so far for containing some of the massive Gulf of Mexico spill.