Thad Allen Strikes at the Heart of Elite Failure, and Not Just in the Gulf

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 11:16 am

The deficit commission isn’t the only Presidentially-appointed one working in Washington these days. The Gulf oil spill commission is rapidly completing their work on the causes of the BP disaster and the way forward for domestic drilling. Yesterday, Thad Allen, the incident commander for the government on the BP spill, testified that he should be [...]

Government Tells BP to Complete Relief Well

By: Friday August 13, 2010 11:47 am

Like a lazy adolescent with senioritis, BP had been intimating that they might not need to finish up drilling the relief well that would permanently stop the Macondo well in the Gulf, arguing that the heavy drilling mud, cement and other containment strategies are holding. Admiral Thad Allen gave that idea the big no-go today. [...]

BP, Feds Argue Over Well Seepage

By: Monday July 19, 2010 7:40 am

The federal government has ordered private company BP to unseal the cap on the Macondo well because of worries of underground leakage of oil that could grow into a bigger problem, but BP has refused to remove the cap, which would cause more oil to flow into the Gulf. BP over the weekend denied that [...]

BP Well Capping Comes Down to Wellhead Integrity

By: Thursday July 15, 2010 6:15 am

As I said yesterday, the greatest mistake BP and the federal government made was to boast that the Macondo well would definitely get capped by Monday. Here it is Thursday, and the well continues to gush oil, in fact more than when it had the old cap in place. And the New York Times reports [...]

BP’s Optimism Again Proven Wrong, As They Delay Well Capping

By: Wednesday July 14, 2010 8:45 am

I’m so old I can remember back to Friday, when Admiral Thad Allen said the BP oil well would get contained fully by Monday. Today we hear that they’re delaying the testing of the new cap to ensure it works. Now, I’m all for that, actually – BP doesn’t do well with recklessness – but [...]

Here We Go Again: Thad Allen, BP Say Well Definitely Contained By Monday

By: Friday July 9, 2010 3:35 pm

Free video chat by Ustream [Editor's note: BP removed the cap Saturday at 12:37 p.m. CDT.] I’ve lost count of how many times the powers that be have proclaimed that the latest and greatest idea to cap the gusher in the Gulf of Mexico will absolutely, positively, definitely, dead-solid lead-pipe cinch surefire no-doubt-about-it work. So [...]

BP, Thad Allen Claim Top Kill Working

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 6:54 am

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Rachel Maddow had this great segment last night looking back at the 1979 Ixtoc I oil spill in the Gulf (in only 200 rather than 5,000 feet of water), showing that the technology for stopping offshore spills of this type basically hasn’t changed [...]

Of, By and For the Corporations

By: Monday May 24, 2010 7:19 am

The White House has moved to its “message: anger” stage in the BP oil disaster. Ken Salazar fumed that the US would “push out BP” if they failed to plug the leak at the bottom of the Gulf (and then subcontract out the fix to them?). Cabinet officials have flown into the region. And the [...]

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