There are so many cooks in the kitchen that the pot is boiling over while the chefs all stand around arguing about spices. I don't think anyone is actually in charge, and if anyone is, they are not interested in giving any real information.
While they have every incentive to get the well killed, BP also has every incentive to not capture 100% of the well flow until they do. As soon as they do, then a real, measurable spill number will be in front of the public.
BP has said it is going to pay all the costs for the clean-up and "all legitimate claims." This obligation also falls to the non-ops, that is, unless BP is guilty of gross negligence or willful misconduct.
Hubris. Illusions of grandeur. Deepwater overseers had been so successful (lucky) that they were over-confident. Having never experienced this kind of failure, it was inconceivable to them that it could happen. It did.
It appears as though the containment structure is the only chance BP has of slowing the growth of the spill, at least until they get the well killed by a relief well, or if well bore damage slows the flow by itself.
BP released another instructional video that sort of explains what they are planning; leaving out key how's and why's and throwing in just enough oil speak so as to be distracting from the otherwise good illustration.
While assuring us that BP will pay for this clean-up, the president gave no real details on how he plans on accomplishing that. His meeting with BP executives Wednesday could bring some result, but I'm not holding my breath.