Decepcionado ante el fracaso del intento de BP por tapar el chorro de petróleo que se escapa al mar, el Sr Presidente se dirigió a la nación en estos términos
«…/desde el principio sabíamos que perforar pozos de alivio va a tardar varios meses. Exploramos otras alternativas, esta era el «top kill» (matarlo por arriba). Aunque al principio parecía que funcionaba está claro que no vale [ el chorro de gas y petróleo expulsó el cemento que le metían por el tubo ].
Se va a intentar colocar una estructura sobre la tubería que aspire el petróleo. Esto nunca se ha logrado a tanta profundidad … tardará unos días.
Cada día que esto continúa es una agresión contra la gente que vive en la costa, contra su modo de vida y contra la riqueza natural que nos pertenece a todos. It is as enraging as it is heartbreaking da rabia y hace doler el corazón y no vamos a parar hasta tapar la fuga, hasta que las costas y las aguas estén limpias y que las personas sufriendo injustamente por este desastre cometido por el hombre sean justamente indemnizadas. »
The President issued the following statement: Today, I’ve spoken with National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen, as well as Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and senior White House advisors John Brennan and Carol Browner regarding the ongoing efforts to stop the BP oil spill. From the beginning, our concern has been that the surest way to stop the flow of oil – the drilling of relief wells – would take several months to complete. So engineers and experts have explored a variety of alternatives to stop the leak now. They had hoped that the top kill approach attempted this week would halt the flow of oil and gas currently escaping from the seafloor. But while we initially received optimistic reports about the procedure, it is now clear that it has not worked. Rear Admiral Mary Landry today directed BP to launch a new procedure whereby the riser pipe will be cut and a containment structure fitted over the leak.
This approach is not without risk and has never been attempted before at this depth. That is why it was not activated until other methods had been exhausted. It will be difficult and will take several days. It is also important to note that while we were hopeful that the top kill would succeed, we were also mindful that there was a significant chance it would not. And we will continue to pursue any and all responsible means of stopping this leak until the completion of the two relief wells currently being drilled.
As I said yesterday, every day that this leak continues is an assault on the people of the Gulf Coast region, their livelihoods, and the natural bounty that belongs to all of us. It is as enraging as it is heartbreaking, and we will not relent until this leak is contained, until the waters and shores are cleaned up, and until the people unjustly victimized by this manmade disaster are made whole.
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Since the Deepwater Horizon explosion the night of April 20, federal authorities, both military and civilian, have been working onsite and around the clock to respond to and mitigate the impact of the resulting BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
We have compiled this chronology in the spirit of transparency so the American people can have a clear understanding of what their government has been and is doing to respond to the massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster.