Top Kill works – thank goodness!
Short post on the good news from the Gulf:
Engineers have stopped the flow of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico from a gushing BP well, the federal government’s top oil-spill commander, U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said Thursday morning.
The “top kill” effort, launched Wednesday afternoon by industry and government engineers, had pumped enough drilling fluid to block oil and gas spewing from the well, Allen said. The pressure from the well was very low, he said, but persisting.
Once engineers had reduced the well pressure to zero, they were to begin pumping cement into the hole to entomb the well. To help in that effort, he said, engineers also were pumping some debris into the blowout preventer at the top of the well.
Of course the huge clean-up continues so neither BP or the Federal government are off the hot-seat yet. But hey, Obama said “plug the hole” and they did!
Who says that’s not leadership?
Now he can spend the whole weekend in Chicago chillin’ instead of visiting the striken Gulf or honoring the fallen at Arlington National Cemetary as Commander-in-Chief in the midst of two wars.
No sarcasm intended there.