"Technical issues on Monday muddled the timing of BP's planned final kill of its blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well as concerns lingered over the environmental and health fallout from the world's worst offshore oil spill.
"Researchers at the University of Georgia said Monday that more than three-quarters of the oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon drilling-rig explosion could still be in the Gulf threatening fisheries and marine life, disputing government statements that much of the oil had been safely dispersed.
"NEW ORLEANS — 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. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government's point man for the spill response, said crews must move forward drilling the relief well even though officials were still evaluating the best way to finish it. 'The relief well will be finished,' he said. 'We will kill the well.'" Tom Breen reports for the Associated Press August 13, 2010.
"NEW ORLEANS — Approaching storms forced crews to suspend drilling the final stretch of a relief well aimed at shooting a permanent underground plug into BP's busted oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, the government's point man for the disaster said Tuesday. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said the suspension could mean a delay of two or three days in completing the relief well, one of the last steps toward ending any threat from the well that spewed more than 200 million gallons of oil over three months before a temporary cap sealed it in mid-July." Jeffrey Collins and Harry R. Weber report for the Associated Press August 10, 2010.
Twittterer @WestWingReport says that White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' 1 pm ET press briefing will include Gulf spill incident commander Thad Allen and Energy czarina Carol Browner. It's a good guess they will discuss the static kill and the NOAA report on vanishing oil.Transcripts of briefings are posted promptly here.
"BP says it has reached the 'desired outcome' in a procedure in which it pumped mud down the throat of the blown-out well that is leaking in the Gulf of Mexico. ... The company said Wednesday that the well pressure was being controlled, 'which is the desired outcome of the static kill procedure carried out yesterday.'" The Associated Press had the story August 4, 2010.
"A plan to seal BP's blown-out Macondo well by pumping it from the top with mud and cement will be delayed by a day, the federal government's point person for oil spill response in the Gulf of Mexico said Friday.
"NEW ORLEANS -- US spill chief Thad Allen failed Thursday to reassure desperate fishermen about their Gulf of Mexico oil clean-up jobs, while BP began the legal wrangling in a massive civil trial. As engineers prepared next week's vital operations to permanently kill the capped BP well, Allen met with parish presidents and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in New Orleans to discuss how to safeguard local jobs going forward.