In the morning, federal officials expressed optimism that all was going well. “The top kill procedure is going as planned, and it is moving along as everyone had hoped,” Adm. Thad W. Allen of the Coast Guard, the leader of the government effort, told CNN.
And Robert Dudley, BP’s managing director, said on the “Today” program on NBC that the top kill “was moving the way we want it to.”
It was not until late afternoon that BP acknowledged that the operation was not succeeding and that pumping had halted at 11 p.m. Wednesday.
So much for transparency or accountability...
That mudbath they've created is obscuring their ability to tell the truth, naturally. BP would prefer to make outright liars of the President and his General, for two nights and one full day, if it better suits their PR operation for the public to remain at least a day behind. Hardly surprising, perhaps, after a full month of being in the dark. Also:
Mud traveling through the riser pipe instead of into the well is a concern not only for the success of the top kill procedure, but also because the mud, which contains solid materials, could erode the pipe, causing more leaks.
The question remains, how much time can BP buy with this latest failure? And can they write off the expenses fast enough to make us pay for it?
Adjust the rate to over 3 million gallons/day for a picture of reality based on independent experts, as opposed to PR.