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May 27th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Should military take over in Gulf Coast?

(CNN) – Legally, President Barack Obama can effectively fire BP and have the federal government take over efforts to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The question is whether that would help the situation.

No one argues that the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 gives Obama the authority to take over all efforts to plug the gushing well 5,000 feet beneath the surface. However, officials of oil giant BP, while acknowledging their failure so far to stop the leak, say no one – even the U.S. government – can match their company's know-how and technology in such a crisis.

So, what are military officials saying? Our Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr joined us on Thursday's American Morning with the latest.


Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • Military
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Nick Froehlich, North Dakota

    This is INSANE!!!!! This should have been a military operation after day 7. BP has been making LIES AFTER LIES. With all of the money the military gets from the federal government every year...bull$hit...Nuke the well...do whatever it takes...This gusher is 9/11 times a million!

    May 29, 2010 at 9:36 pm |
  2. hubert

    The military is not trained in the oil field environment.
    Please don`t make the mistake of putting military in the gulf.This would weaken our defense, i other areas, and would surly create a very lucrative target.Can you imagine an navy floating in a barrel of oil,and then just add one missile.
    BP has to go back to their original idea of using a containment Dome.
    The dome has to be larger and have three to four large valves ,left open until the dome is anchored to the ocean floor, or the top of the BOP.Then slowly shut off the valves one at a time.
    This will plug the well and allow for future,connection for removing oil.
    Please wake up Technical People,you know the way this needs to be done.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  3. kw

    BP is correct. The government does not have any capability over BP. Just look at the resignation of Elizabeth Birnbaum.... what's with that? In the face of questioning over the oil spill issue she quits because of what exactly? That is how the government operates. Let BP cap off the well. Have the Corps of Engineers build a temporary sandbar barrier or whatever and forget the environmental studies with regard to how to stop further damage. Just stop the oil by whatever means. Do your environmental studies later when we can only clean up what's left. Slowing progress now even though it is protocol with 'studies' etc.. is foolish.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  4. Martin

    Is this even a question? We all live on planet earth, we all are responsible for the mess being made! Where is BP's Corporate Social Responsibility?
    My question is why has it taken so long to get started with cleaning up this mess?

    May 27, 2010 at 11:51 am |