One of two efforts to seal the ruptured BP oil well in the Gulf once and for all could begin as early as Monday night, officials said.
The "static kill" involves pouring mud and cement into the well from above - a process that had been delayed while debris from a tropical storm was cleared out.
It will be followed by a final "bottom kill" after a relief well intercepts the crippled well - a step estimated to start about five to seven days after the static kill is complete.
Editor's note: After Friday's AC360° many of you wrote in with strong opinions on illegal immigration in the US.
I just saw Anderson's interview of Sheriff Arpaio this evening. I was particularly interested in the sheriff's focus on arresting illegal aliens and making sure that they serve out a jail term rather than turn them over to ICE. Do we know who owns the jails in that part of the country? I noticed that the sheriff got pretty testy when cost was mentioned. In Texas most jails are privately owned, thus there is an incentive to keep them full. Could it be that the sheriff either has an interest in a privately owned jail or that the word is out to keep the jails full if they are indeed being run as profit making businesses? Just curious.
Sheriff Joe in AZ is an egomaniac. Giving him airtime feeds that ego that he has been feeding for years. He actually works hard at getting himself airtime every night of the week on the local news. He is never someone short on words and is only in pursuit of propelling his own career. It disgusts me being a 5th generation Phoenician in which my own great grandfather was a sheriff! He does not speak nor get the support or all in Maricopa County!
I am sick & tired of you people talking about the civil rights of illegal immigrants. They are here illegally & have no rights!
How about taking an opinion for what's RIGHT, our laws for instance, instead of grilling people like Arpaio, who are part of the solution instead of being part of the problem under the guise of being "objective"? FULL POST
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Reporter's Note: President Obama is increasingly gearing up to try to help his party stave off predicted big losses this fall. I, however, continue gearing up every day to send a letter to the White House. Hey, someone has to do it.
Dear Mr. President,
It's my understanding that your pal, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is shifting into full of battle mode for the fall elections, saying things to the effect of "C'mon Dems, let’s get out there and show America what we’ve accomplished!"
That will be tricky business to be sure, because as you know the problem in politics is that no matter how loudly you say "Yes, I did," someone in the opposition will be yelling just as loudly, "No, you didn't!"
So in the next few months I expect to hear your side saying lot of things like "We spent a fortune pushing economic stimulus measures out there to keep the economy from sinking." And your foes will say, "Yes, you spent a fortune. And the economy is still a wreck." You'll say, "We passed health care." And they'll say, "Yes, you did. And the economy is still a wreck." You’ll say, "In Iraq and Afghanistan we…uh…well, uh…" And they'll say, "Yes, that's right. And the economy is still a wreck."
No doubt you see what I am driving at. As long as one out of ten Americans does not have a job, the foreclosure crisis remains alive and well, and even the folks who have jobs and houses are still waking up worried about whether they'll be ok tomorrow, I'm afraid the Speaker's strategy is going to be a very hard sell at best.
Remember John McCain back during your election? When he made that infamous "the fundamentals of our economy are sound" comment, you jumped on him like a cat on a grasshopper, and you did not let up until the voting was done and he'd been whipped hard. Now, however, you and your side are in kind of the same boat. If you say, "We’ve made progress," a lot of voters will reasonably ask, "Where?" And if you say, "We haven’t been able to do as much as we wanted," they will say, "You have had control of the House, the Senate, and the Oval Office for a year and a half. Why not?" FULL POST
Program Note: Rep. Edward Markey will be on AC360° tonight at 10pm ET to talk about BP's use of dispersants and the Coast Guard's approval of that use.
Rep. Edward Markey, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, released data and wrote a letter to National Incident Commander Thad Allen, demanding more information from the Coast Guard on BP's use of chemical dispersants in the Gulf.
Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who is overseeing the federal response to the BP oil spill, said Sunday that he is "satisfied" with the amount of dispersants that have been used to clean up the disaster, saying crews have used them only when needed.
Allen's comments were in response to new documents released by a congressional subcommittee that indicate Coast Guard officials allowed BP to use excessive amounts of chemical dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP used the chemicals to break up oil after the April 20 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion sent millions of gallons of crude gushing into the Gulf.
Allen noted that the decision to use the dispersants does not rest with BP; rather, "it's a decision by the federal on-scene coordinator," he said in describing a "very disciplined process." FULL POST
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