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-- morale and good evening thank you for being on The Fox Report outside experts have said to me for days now.
That they believe these different ideas for capping the well or containing this bill.
Just don't have very much choice -- that most likely the people of the gulf south and the -- the country stuck with this until sometime in August.
Is that a fair assessment in your estimation.
Whichever we've always said -- -- not gonna be out of the woods in this us bill until we have the -- well Doug.
And the pressure relieved and the well completely tapped.
We know now from the failure top -- over the weekend we're gonna go to a containment strategy.
Which means -- trying to collect the oil a process of on the surface.
And I would citizens there is gonna be risk exposure until the year really well as -- that is -- should be doing everything possible to contain an oil in the meantime that's what we're doing.
The White House said today through Robert kids that BP was not fully forthcoming.
About the idea that there would be 20% more oil potentially spewing from the -- Because of this procedure was that it is that your believe as well.
Well we develop this estimate ourselves of our flora project a technical group that I established under the national incident command under -- magnet from the USS Geological Survey.
And lowered what we've been doing lately is just developing our own estimates and everybody can say.
What -- think it is what they don't think it has I think we need to have an independent estimate for the US government that's or operating on shepherd.
Admiral Allen do you trust -- BP.
Well we're necessarily partners in this because they only means of production on the sea floor that are gonna solve the other man drill probably contain a problem.
I would say trust but verify the well.
-- -- verified some things BP reported way back in the day that the rig can't sink.
It reported that he can handle 250000.
Barrels a day.
It first said 5000 barrels a day -- was leaking -- and every independent estimates that the that was just that was just horse feathers.
We've moved all on at all and and now it's it's hard to find an area where where BP has been fully forthcoming and I just wonder.
If the American people ought to have to trust them.
Well I think it's more a matter of us doing our job in the federal government ensure the BP does there's as a responsible party.
And where we're gonna be relentless on -- we have been relentless and world reciting everything they're doing technically on the bottom with a number scientific experts are represented as the national lab.
I am talking -- frequently -- but Tony Hayward the CEO and we are making our requirements no.
Tony Hayward being helpful -- you -- made another comment today that.
The people of the gulf south -- is insensitive -- while talking about giving everybody their golf back in fixing this thing is that I want my life back.
This man has had some doozies of PR disasters is is he how is he would you.
Well -- wanna tells them how to deal with the media but Dodd and frank and forthright with him and when I've made several sort of pretty good demands on him and he knows when -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Let's comforting and admiral that the governor of Louisiana Bobby jingle has been.
Has been vocal and urgent about his need.
For some containment.
Assault boom hard boomer say in -- -- Dredged sort of apparatus that would in theory keep this oil from coming into the -- the oil kills the marches according to the governor.
Your own contingency plans for the Coast Guard said that this was the sort of thing that that could work.
Why is the government not forcing BP to pay for that.
We'll shepherd sand berms and barriers are always an effective means if you've got -- you can do it.
The proposals submitted by the state Louisiana was a very broad.
Proposal to basically create a set of barrier islands -- in the west of the Mississippi River.
We reviewed debt and the president was asked about it by governor and all the parish presidents last Friday -- grand dial and he directed me to hold a meeting.
To make a recommendation to him I just -- that meeting in New Orleans.
That's where -- -- right now with governor Jim dollar -- president's envoy and over the results of that meeting I'll be making a recommendation to the president.
That the governor asked for 24 segments it's my understanding he got.
Down to six CN berms were approved.
And then BP as the governor puts it -- was forced to pay for but one on an experimental basis.
The governor insists this isn't this is an urgent national emergency.
And it and that it's time to just throw money at this problem and see what works -- he he explains quite rightly.
That once these barrier islands or these marshes.
Get get oil in a big die and they don't come back from the dead they're bought and then the shape -- the Louisiana coast is over I don't need to tell you this.
I just wonder if you don't think it's time to go ahead and build these things and make BP paid for.
Well I promise everybody had a quick decision I know a briefing to the president and I'm moving to the best speed to do that.
And I think -- but he understands that we need an answer on -- and as soon as possible that's really what we're about.
BP -- is coming -- through Tony Hayward saying that he needs more more data more scientific explanation about these big plumes of oil which have been.
Have been spotted out of the water the University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg is aideed in the University of South Florida has ID them.
BP doesn't seem to believe they exist.
Do they exist and are they below the surface in in the large volume has been described in so many reports admiral.
Well we've had some anecdotal reports from research vessels -- -- out there than that looked like got collections of missed under the water if you will.
I've had several conversations -- Jane Lubchenco.
The director of know up and they have boats out looking for these plumes into in water sampling.
In some cases a could be not oil -- some visitor a could be oil.
But it's very very hard to detect and we where we're gonna have to get more sophisticated our surveillance means but we are -- Around the perimeter and under the that oil it's currently out there to see if there's any undersea plume we have technical reporting on it.
Nothing definitive yeah but we are looking everywhere.
It is definitive from the University of Southern Mississippi in the University of South Florida in -- the professors in the -- for those two research universities.
-- say they're confident that they exist and they can even -- where they are.
I wonder why it is that the government can't do the same either say yes they're right or no they're not.
Well I've talked with -- -- about there's about I talk to this morning I've been in meetings today and -- there's more information coming.
Glad to receive it invalidated that.
I know it's a difficult thing admiral Allen if you could.
Try to help our viewers understand what you believe as -- the man in charge there.
The coasts of Louisiana than Mississippi and Alabama which first got oil on them today.
South all the way across that the Gulf Coast of Florida and over to Texas what what are those -- look like a couple years from now.
Well I think it's gonna depend on how much oil is ultimately spilled in the fate of that oil that allow a lot to do -- sea currents.
But we have to do something called a natural resources damage assessment which allows us to assess the impact of this bill and -- -- allows for additional planes.
And -- were started made.
Take the data the -- -- allow us to do that.
But I think they'll they'll be lasting impact for years to come I think we need to -- -- quantify and that's a reason understanding the flow rate -- total amount of oil out there are so important to us right now.
It certainly is twenty to 43 million gallons of oil already spilled in the Gulf of Mexico by government estimates 800000 gallons more per day -- admiral Allen.
Working to contain it all an enormous task admiral good luck.
Thank you severed.
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