July 13th, 2010
09:40 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Testing the New Containment Cap

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

BP is still getting ready to run crucial "integrity tests" to see whether a new containment cap will seal the broken well in the Gulf that's been leaking oil for 85 days.

The test will run anywhere from six to 48 hours. They're hoping for a higher pressure reading, which would mean the leak can be stopped. A lower pressure reading would mean oil is escaping from other parts of the well.

If this doesn't work, the ultimate solution would be the two relief wells that are still being built. BP and government officials say that work won't be complete until next month. They also admit the work won't be over then either.

"Even if we contain the well and even if the well is capped in mid-August there's still a significant amount of oil out there and the oil recovery and the impacts of this oil will probably extend well into the Fall," Incident Commander Ret. Adm. Thad Allen told reporters today.

With that in mind, Allen announced 1,000 skimmers should be out on the water by the end of the month. There are currently less than 600 on the job.

Meanwhile, BP got a fourth bill from the Obama administration on the oil spill for $99.7 million. That's on top of the the $122.3 million it's already been billed.

Randi Kaye will have the latest developments from the Gulf.

We're also reporting live from Haiti, keeping them honest, as we mark the six-month anniversary of January's massive earthquake.

Anderson and our team of reporters/producers are trying to find out why months later so little has been done. $5.3 billion was promised by various countries around the world for rebuilding, but $89 million has been received. We're tracking the money.

There's also the troubling discovery by Dr. Sanjay Gupta of life-saving drugs, food and other items just sitting on shelves, tied up in red tape.

Join us for these stories and much more at 10 p.m. ET.

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  1. T Bell

    I am not a James Carville distractor so don’t get me wrong but I am having difficulty emphasizing with him when it comes to the temporary loss of gulf jobs due to the freeze on deep-water drilling. Where has he been this past decade as American corporations chasing cheap labor and tax benefits off shored millions of jobs? Those jobs are gone and won’t be back in my lifetime. They have had a huge impact on the American work force. How about our current generation of youth graduating from high school and college some in debt and most all with little to no job prospects? They are decent young men and women who want a chance at the American dream just like everyone else. Where is our concern for their lot in life? And you know, their numbers dwarf the relatively small handful of Louisianans who may find that they have experienced a permanent career-altering catastrophe. I guess that when it comes to your own backyard things just seem more important. So my recommendation to Carville is to get over it. You all should be mad at yourselves for accepting the prosperity and lies when you should have been pressing for corporate citizenship and responsibility. After all, it’s your backyard.

    July 15, 2010 at 2:27 am |
  2. Dee Shoes

    After 84 days I am praying this cap works but BP has a poor track record and now we have yet another BP problem blowing in. There is a $3 Billion deal with Ruby Pipeline, El Paso Corp and BP. The contract shows that BP stands to make millions of dollars from a proposed 675-mile pipeline from Wyoming to Oregon. Ruby will destroy a pristine wilderness in Nevada, which has been home to the magnificent wild horses of the Calico Mountains. The BLM (Bureau of Land Mgmt) announced they will roundup and remove 2,300 horses and 280 burros from the Twin Peaks area. An application for a restraining order was filed in Reno Federal Court to stop BLM summer stampede, where helicopters roundup the horses for up to 8 hours in 90+ degree heat. The gather was halted Monday following the deaths of 7 horses to heat stroke. Sec Salazar's BLM director and acting MMS director, Bob Abbey, temporarily halted the operation after one horse broke a leg and 4 others showed signs of starvation and dehydration. The Director of The Cloud Foundation, Ginger Kathrens, said, "the horses died at the hands of the agency meant to protect them". So far 100 horses are dead and 40 mares have aborted late term foals. Within 3 months they will remove 6,000 more at great expense to the taxpayers. Our federal agencies, Department of Interior and BLM are not representing the interests of the American people, instead, they are allowing Big Oil, Big Energy, in other words, Corporations like BP, to exploit our public lands. Do we need BP ruining forever another American treasure? It will take 50 years for the gulf to show significant signs of recovery from BP's last disaster. We have to stop this.

    July 14, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  3. Gray

    Three liars in white shirts
    Black oil spill still streaming
    Thirteen weeks of hurts
    Never stopped me dreaming

    BP's going broke
    it's going broke
    it's going
    BP's going broke!

    July 14, 2010 at 8:02 am |
  4. Paul

    Dear AC;
    What about small business owner, investor? Will there story be heard. If Haiti has to rebuild, they have to be part of the rebuilding process.

    July 13, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    Sounds like a good show. Will BP be announcing how the testing is going on the new cap as they do the tests or will they wait to the end to tell us if it passed or failed? If the testing is going good, it might be nice to update the press from time to time on it; we could all use some good news on that front.

    Thought the interview with Clinton that Anderson did was very good. Maybe Clinton can get the Haitian government to quit taxing the medical supplies and disaster relief supplies that come over and the medical personnel. The taxes are not going to help Haiti recover and there is so much they need to be doing. Looking forward to the show tonight.

    July 13, 2010 at 9:48 pm |

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