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Sunday, August 1, 2010
Update On The BP Oil Spill Clean Up Efforts
Aerial photograph of Perdido Pass booming operations and decon station on Tuesday, 27 July 2010. Photo/BP.
"We know we're not done yet and we're still going to apply the same rigor and professionalism in making sure that we keep attacking the oil.."
Words spoken during Friday's press event with Admiral Thad Allen, the National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill, and Major General Garry Dean on location at Tyndall Air Force Base.
In the latest update Admiral Allen explains that the greatest concern surround the cleanup efforts is the relief well.
"That's when we will truly end this threat to the environment and the Gulf", said Allen. "Development Driller 3, which is a drill rig, is right now clearing out some debris that was found at the bottom of the well bore caused by the storm passage. They’re clearing that out right now. They will start running the final casing line tomorrow and Sunday. This could potentially impact the date to start the static kill which will come behind that somewhere maybe between 24 and 36 hours. We’re going to refine that as we go forward."
BP plans to establish a $100 million charitable fund to support unemployed rig workers experiencing economic hardship as a result of the moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed by the United States federal government.
BP CEO, Tony Hayward is expected to relinquish his duties October 1, 2010 and be replaced by Robert Dudley, a native of Louisiana.