Feds: Government Can't Push BP Aside On Oil Spill

The Obama administration's point man on the Gulf oil spill says the government doesn't have the expertise or the equipment to take over the cleanup job from BP.

Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen, who is heading the federal response, has rejected the notion of removing BP from the task. Allen addressed a White House briefing.

The White House is facing increasing questions about why the government can't assert more control over the aftermath of the April 20 rig explosion.

All of BP's attempts to stop the leak have failed and millions of gallons of crude are now coating birds and other wildlife and fouling Louisiana marshes.

BP's next plan is another technique never tested 5,000 feet underwater: a "top kill," in which heavy mud and cement would be shot into the blown-out well to plug it up. BP gives it a 60-70 percent chance of success.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on May 25, 2010 at 12:04 PM
    John, you are correct, right now politicians and trying to block BP's liabilities in this matter.More concerned about the mighty dollar than you and me. They have been receiving gifts for years. They should be made to go out and physically help clean-up the coastline. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/us/25mms.html?hp
  • by Sam on May 25, 2010 at 11:43 AM
    And exactly what do you think the government should do if it were to take-over? I can't recall any government agency that drill for oil. Where is "Slick" Dick Cheney, he was involved with Haliburton, any other time you wont be able to shut him up, now where is he hiding?...somewhere with Bin Laden and Bush.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 25, 2010 at 10:13 AM
    Barlow, wouldn't it ironic if you had you 401K invested in BP? Keep in mind, most really do not know exactly where their 401K is. They are called Funds. So you could be one of those greedy stockholders yourself and not know it. Of course, if you don't have a 401K, then you would be just a progressive living and expecting the government to take care of you.
  • by John Location: Greenville on May 25, 2010 at 08:34 AM
    BP has piles of senators it has paid off in campaign contributions, and a pre-existent max amount of liability it has to pay for damages. They don't care at all since they make over 90 million per day in pure profits. So the only thing BP is trying to save is their public reputation. In this case, the government cares far more about this than BP does.
  • by The flood Location: Winterville on May 25, 2010 at 08:07 AM
    But the govt. "experts" gave this rig a commendation or award for its exemplary safety. I guess they weren't such experts after all. To hear Harry Reid say that the "tax payers" won't be footing the bill is just stupid. Where does he think BP get its money? The administration will allow this to go on as long as it is politically beneficial for them. They don't care about the environment or the average American, just how they can leverage this latest crisis to further their agenda, like the new 4X hike in taxes on a barrel of oil. This extra money is to clean up spills but we were already paying into that "fund" and where are they? I say get govt. out of as much as we can but if we have ALREADY PAID FOR IT shouldn't we be able to expect some response?
  • by Back Location: Gville on May 25, 2010 at 07:25 AM
    I heard enough liberal nonsense this weekend that had NO defense, as usual. Have you got a 401K barlow. If you do, odds are you have interest in the oil companies as does your messiah. Ignorance is running rampant these days.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on May 25, 2010 at 07:07 AM
    Lack of expertise has never stopped the anointed one from taking over anything else. Why change now?? What a bunch of phonies... I, for one, will be glad when this administration is gone. The quicker the sooner (and better).
  • by concerned Location: williamston on May 25, 2010 at 05:18 AM
    Our Government is intellagent enough to be the Super Power of the World,man on the moon,atomic energy,nucular energy,etc,etc,yet we cant plug up a hole in the ocean floor,or is it just politics as usual? Afterall the higher the price of gas,the more tax money they get, figure it out. What is a higher tax? 10% of $1.00 or 10% of$ 5.00 You do the math. So would they really care? You figure it out.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on May 25, 2010 at 04:30 AM
    For those of you out there that scream everytime government gets involved in inspection or regulation how do you like this mess? If the goverment doesn't have the equipment or expertise now, you can bet they will after this. Big money in the US gets to do anything, anyway they want. Oh, and you'll be paying for this at the pumps as BP needs to pay for its mess and you wouldn't want the big share holders to take a hit right? They'll wait until they get this stopped to minimize the outrage, but you can be sure we'll pay in the end
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on May 25, 2010 at 04:29 AM
    The Feds have tried to take over most of the private industries in the USA. Oh yea, this wouldn't look good to the public relations machine to be associated with this disaster.
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