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Both experts are headed to Washington today to testify before congress about the safety of seafood.
From the gulf.
Government reports claim most of the oil in the gulf has been cleaned up a broken down but academic researchers say up to 80% of the oil is still there were -- we believe.
Joining us now man we can always believed Nationalists -- commander admiral Thad Allen admiral welcome back thank you thank you for being the voice or reason through this catastrophe over the last few months.
First off -- -- We have this discussion we should start with -- if you remember early on there was a lot of controversy because somebody said 1000 barrels 5000 barrels I put a team together.
About five weeks into the spill.
A separate team -- -- by Marshall about -- McKnight US Geological Survey to establish a rate it's 53000 barrels a day.
Okay that -- -- four point nine million barrels were released and the question is how does that break down.
We know we produce some of that we know also was burns mobile was skimmed.
We had everything we knew that we could do or estimate.
That evaporated at least 26%.
That's a place to start to have a discussion about how we move forward and -- -- the spill over remains to be done OK so when you -- do you know where it is.
Well it's some of it's been dispersed we know sort of -- starting come ashore.
That's 26% that we -- account for it comes to the service if you will there -- -- removed by man or nature somebody else and that's what we're dealing with.
People -- -- have you did you put to work out the Cuba put to work BP is put to work to clean up help in the clean up don't usually do of the two constructions and and and getting paid to help.
They want to know single back to fishing shrimping -- whatever they do do you think they can and get their product beaten.
Well first of all love their opening areas to fishing as fast as we can't but it has to be subject to factor hasn't been oil there.
And it has to pass standards by both noise and the FDA and which includes two types of tests to sensory test and -- lab test -- comes out of those areas and it's been tested the safety.
This is safe to say that you're surprised it's not worse right now that even though the well is capped that we don't have more more problems that we -- Well I'm not surprised but I think we need to understand that wind and current had a lot to -- where this where where the spill when it's -- a large monolithic spill.
Session of the 800000 patches of oil -- -- all different directions that made it very difficult to defend against but it also desegregated the oil.
Where where ever came a short.
There wasn't monolithic catastrophic event we'll talk about the relief wells being that this cap some say why is still drilling the relief wells what's -- spirits are are you -- -- move forward with.
We are we have to kill -- well from the bottom up because the area outside the the well pipe.
And the well -- we call Daniel us has to be sealed and act on you know from the bottom can you say for sure that one of these two relief wells will hit.
From judging by the models you're looking yet.
I think in order to where where were river were highly competent fellow -- the current well we're we we intend to intercept with.
Is currently three and a half feet horizontally away in fifty feet above the intercept point.
While we take some final precautions make sure we don't.
But do any injury while we're doing now are you going to make sure the industry learns what you've learned in this throughout this catastrophe about capping a well like this and not getting to this place again.
That's that's a great question there's been some technology has been engineered and brought to the gulf the did not exist before this event -- -- -- we should not lose that.
The shuttle tankers of the production platforms -- vertical riser pipes who brought from the North Sea and off of Angola and Africa first time -- ever been used in the gulf.
And those lessons need to be alert for the U value for the moratorium being -- with the other forty platforms.
-- only that the policy makers because that means pass.
Okay and well thanks so much to look forward to talking to -- thank you all right that is the latest on the well now.
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