Obama: ‘Now Clear’ That Top Kill Has Not Worked

By Dschabner

May 29, 2010 9:05pm

From Jon Garcia:

Only one day after President Obama made a trip to the Gulf coast to view the British Petroleum oil spill and days after BP’s "top kill" plan to plug the leak began, Obama concedes the massive effort has failed.

“They had hoped that the top kill approach attempted this week would halt the flow of oil and gas currently escaping from the sea floor.  But while we initially received optimistic reports about the procedure, it is now clear that it has not worked,” Obama wrote in a statement.

The next steps, Obama wrote, are to direct BP “to launch a new procedure whereby the riser pipe will be cut and a containment structure fitted over the leak.”

This new attempt “is not without risk and has never been attempted before at this depth. That is why it was not activated until other methods had been exhausted.  It will be difficult and will take several days.  It is also important to note that while we were hopeful that the top kill would succeed, we were also mindful that there was a significant chance it would not.  And we will continue to pursue any and all responsible means of stopping this leak until the completion of the two relief wells currently being drilled,” Obama wrote.

On Friday, Obama told the press that “I ultimately take responsibility for solving this crisis.  I’m the president and the buck stops with me.”  But he also warned that “there are going to be risks and unintended consequences associated with a particular mitigation strategy that we consider. In other words, there are going to be a lot of judgment calls involved here. There are not going to be silver bullets or a lot of perfect answers for some of the challenges that we face.”

– Jon Garcia

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