Allen ‘Encouraged’ by News of BP Stemming Oil Flow
The White House has released a statement by Admiral Thad Allen, the national incident commander in the Gulf, on the news that BP was able to stop the flow of oil from the Macondo well. The tone is one of cautious optimism:
We’re encouraged by this development, but this isn’t over. Over the next several hours we will continue to collect data and work with the federal science team to analyze this information and perform additional seismic mapping runs in the hopes of gaining a better understanding on the condition of the well bore and options for temporary shut in of the well during a hurricane. It remains likely that we will return to the containment process using this new stacking cap connected to the risers to attempt to collect up to 80,000 barrels of oil per day until the relief well is completed.