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Thad Allen Dishes On Oil Spill: Sparring With The Press, BP And Nuking The Well

by Evan McMorris-Santoro

Remember when people thought it might a good idea to nuke the well at the height of the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico this summer?

Yeah, that was never gonna happen. But not for lack of interest.

EPA Administrator Jackson hugs Admiral Thad Allen in New OrleansSo says retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the man who ran the government response to the devastating spill. Allen addressed an audience at the Center For Strategic and International Studies in Washington Tuesday evening, where he laid out the trials and tribulations of being the public face of the efforts to clean up the largest ecological disaster in US history. One of those trials, Allen said, was trying to explain why a military designed to fight wars didn’t have the right equipment to stop an oil spill.

“I had many, many conversations about why the Department of Defense wasn’t brought in to solve this problem,” he said. “I got asked at least on five occasions throughout the course of this thing why we didn’t think about using a nuclear weapon on the well, ok?”

The uncomfortable truth, Allen said, was that the only people who had the equipment to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil spill were the companies that pull the oil out of the ground in the first place.

source: Thad Allen Dishes On Oil Spill: Sparring With The Press, BP And Nuking The Well | TPMDC

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