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Posted on Jul 13, 2010
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If the cap doesn’t work, at least we have help from these people, who came all the way from California to join the cleanup in the Gulf, where they were photographed on Monday.

Let’s not get too excited here, but word on the street—fine, word in several major news outlets on Tuesday—has it that BP was about to try out yet another cap designed to maybe, possibly contain the oil hemorrhaging into the Gulf of Mexico. But this is only a test.  —KA

The New York Times:

Kent Wells, a senior vice president of the company, said a pressure test, in which valves on the cap would be closed, shutting down the leak for the first time since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in late April, would probably start later Tuesday and last for 6 to 48 hours.

Mr. Wells said at a briefing in Houston that the installation of the new cap was completed Monday evening, ahead of schedule. “It really went extremely well,” he said. “But we know that the job’s not over yet.”

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By rico, suave, July 14, 2010 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment

So now the omniscient government has stopped BP from using their latest cap thingy, because the government thinks it might not work. Meanwhile, the oil keeps gushing. The perfect has become the enemy of the good.

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By AmishEcstasy, July 14, 2010 at 7:35 am Link to this comment
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BP trying to cap this well with different remedies reminds me of trying to fix something with items from the random junkbox we all seem to have.You know that box or jar you have in your tool box or closet or shelf full of nuts,bolts or clips that you or I forgot to take out our pants pocket and ended up in the washing machine. Trying to fix something around the house late on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon when it’s too late to make a hardware store run. Doesn’t, BP a multi billion dollar international corporation remind you of somebody trying to jury rig a lawn mower late on a Saturday afternoon so they can finish mowing your lawn before it rains? And when you try that random screw, bolt or nut and it doesn’t fit do you throw it away? HELL NO you put right back in your random junk box. What happened to that big 150 ton concrete stack BP tried to cap the well with on the second or third attempt? I’ll bet it’s lying on the ocean floor pushed to the side like that project in your garage you never got around to finishing. How did I know (and I’m not a petroleum engineer) that the first attempt to cap that gusher a mile under the ocean called a “junkshot” wasn’t going to work. Somehow that reminded me of trying to jam window caulk in a leaking water pipe. Some how I think we should expect better from BP!

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By FRTothus, July 13, 2010 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment

True to common imperial practice, costs are spread
across the realm, and while BP and others will take
the temporary heat, they will drag out all claims
forever.  Even the alleged “shakedown” went the other
way, it would appear.  Is there any question who the
shills in government are?  Pretty much all of them,
I’d say.  More companies too big to have liabilities. 
How can we get rid of the whole rotten thing? 
Someone who calls us to rally in LaFayette Park until
it spreads until even the Mall won’t hold us anymore? 
How does a people bring down a corporate oligarchy
that holds out their own promised wealth as our
ticket to retirement.  Where are our investments but
in the very same corporations that leave a slug’s
trail of despoliation and starvation wages behind
them?  They hold us hostage with fears and things we
ought to dread.  It fills their headlines, their
sold-out think-tanks, and their mouths.  It’s what’s
between their ads.  A world where we need leaders to
make decisions for us, being incapable of ruling
ourselves.  Where is the shame?  Was there ever that
kind of honor here, where people took responsibility
for each other, treated neighbors as kin?  We’ve
learned nothing from these endless wars that both
factions are pleased to support (and their scribes in
the MSM suppling the “patriotic”(tm) platform) here
there and everywhere.  This paranoid, dangerous,
spoiled child of a country. Learns nothing from its
history because the people are taught nothing of its
history. Teaching the slaves to read is always
trouble, but even a 3-year-old knows what’s fair and
what isn’t.  You don’t need a degree from Harvard or
Yale to know the working people are the only thing
that creates value.  No factory can function without
them.  And you don’t need a Doctorate to know that
the Gulf will not come back for years and years, and
we have not yet seen the full effects which BP,
Haliburton, and any other rightfully liable
corporation MUST pay the bills without argument or
delay.  A dysfunctional government is worse than none
at all.  If our government cannot exercise any power
to ensure restitution, then what claim to legitimacy
does it have?  Having a long history of such
displays of “weakness” to protect society from the
excesses of the wealthy psychotics, does such a
government deserve our allegiance or our confidence
in its word?  We would be mad to take any assurance
on their word!

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