Gulf oil flow halted, unclear if can be sustained-Allen

WASHINGTON Fri May 28, 2010 7:25am EDT

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WASHINGTON May 28 (Reuters) - The flow of oil and gas from the broken well in the Gulf of Mexico has been stopped by pumping mud into it, however the challenge will be whether that can be sustained, the U.S. incident commander Admiral Thad Allen said on Friday.

Allen, on ABC's "Good Morning America," said the next 12 to 18 hours will be "very critical" in the effort to stop the gusher which has sent thousands of barrels of oil into the fragile ecosystem there.

BP Plc (BP.L) Chief Executive Tony Hayward said on the same program that the effort to plug the well was "going pretty well according to plan" and that they have also been pumping rubber and other material into the well, known as the "junk shot."

Hayward said they planned to begin pumping more mud into the well again later today. (Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky, editing by Vicki Allen)

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G1abc2b2 wrote:
Looks as if the gas and oil is pushing the mud back out. The gas and oil will follow !
Hope not !

May 28, 2010 9:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
garrisongold wrote:
Who would eat sea food now? How do you know where it came from? Trust another one of these federal regulatory authorities to oversee the fishing industry? We know how that works.

Maybe we could turn the tables on communist China and process gulf coast sea food, claim it was from the North Sea and ship it to them.

No, I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.

May 28, 2010 9:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
1AmericanGuy wrote:
This disaster is the loudest wake-up call for the United States (and all countries) to move as fast as possible toward solar, wind, and tidal-driven energy sources.

May 28, 2010 10:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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