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.
I know I sound like a broken record, but there is simply no end in sight to the overall media clampdown in the Gulf. It is enforced by BP, with the assistance of local law enforcement officials and the approval of the Federal government.
If Unified Command is suggesting that oil spill responders might want to reconsider using respirators, why have we been told by the EPA, at a press conference, that there are no dispersants in the air?
A month ago, Thad Allen issued an order granting the media "uninhibited access" to the areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Thirty days later, it should be said that the order essentially has no real-world meaning at all.
Though federal and state officials claim to be "forward leaning" in their response to the oil leak, is total and absolute transparency the order of the day? Or is PR serving to pull the wool over the eyes of a confused public?
Did my July 3 post inadvertently provide a bully pulpit for BP and Coast Guard propaganda? As it turns out, there is plenty of room for concern regarding this apparent marriage of public relations and a government agency.
My solution is simple. Keep Uncle Sam's big, ugly hands off our oil spill. As Reagan once said: "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help'." Don't let them.
U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry, met with media to discuss the explosion on Wednesday afternoon. Landry said, "I have not been sugarcoating this. It is premature to say it is a catastrophe, but I will say it is serious."
A week ago I flew out over the Gulf with conservation pilot Tom Hutchings and Waterkeeper John Wathen to the Source. The metastasizing spill in the Gulf is like cancer and the activity 90 miles offshore at the source like a messy surgery.