U.S. Government Said To Be In Control Of Actions Now In Gulf Of Mexico Oil Disaster

Posted By on May 30, 2010

May 30 (Bloomberg) — BP Plc said it will seek to contain a majority of oil gushing from its Gulf of Mexico well with a new tactic to plug the leak as a White House adviser said the U.S. is now telling the company “what to do.”

The company encountered “too much flow” and the “top kill” using 30,000 barrels of mud was abandoned in favor of placing a cap over the well, Managing Director Robert Dudley said today on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “We believe we will get a majority of the oil and gas,” Dudley said.

U.S. engineers, led by Energy Secretary Steven Chu, yesterday told BP of  “grave concerns” about drilling mud, and the company halted the process, White House energy and climate adviser Carol Browner said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” broadcast. “At the end of the day, the government tells BP what to do,” Browner said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

BP had put the chances of the top kill succeeding at 60 percent to 70 percent. The company made three attempts before giving up last night.

“We failed to wrestle this beast to the ground,” Dudley said on “Fox News Sunday.” Containment has “no certainty” of success, he said on Fox. “The percentages are better” than forcing mud into the well, he said.

Chu met BP engineers yesterday and told them “it was too dangerous” to continue forcing mud into the well, Browner said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” broadcast. After the scientists met and “we told them of our very, very grave concerns,” the company abandoned the process, Browner said.


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