Deepwater Horizon: Incident Command wants BP plans, contingencies

In a letter to BP yesterday, National Incident Commander Thad Allen called on BP to provide information on the following for a meeting of the Federal Scientific Technical Team today:

Offshore staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to BP yesterday, National Incident Commander Thad Allen called on BP to provide information on the following for a meeting of the Federal Scientific Technical Team today:

      1. Timeline for decisions on mounting the new capping stack and producing into the Helix Producer 
      2. Contingency plan details should the capping stack plan fail 
      3. Decision points on pressure testing the well and the possible move from collecting through the capping stack to shutting in the well using the stack 
      4. Timeline for completion of both relief wells, which are under way
      5.Plan to maximize management of oil reaching the surface and use of dispersants subsea.

Further, Allen said he expects updated plans and timelines on these topics that incorporate recommendations that come from the panel meeting. He also noted that BP must receive his permission prior to implementing any of the plans or contingencies.



07/09/2010

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