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BP To Pump Cement Into Broken Well

Daniel Loebel sits in the bridge of the the Helix Q4000, as it performs the static kill operation. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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BP says the US government has given it the green light to add cement to the busted oil well. Incident Commander Thad Allen added:

I made it clear that implementation of this procedure shall in no way delay the completion of the relief well.

What's interesting is that there's little debate over the relief well, which helps seal a damaged pipeline. It's over whether to add cement to the relief well which intersects the pipe or to force it into the top of the broken well. BP's Vice President for Technical Operations, Kent Wells:

Well, we have always said that we will move forward with the relief well. That will be the ultimate solution....Clearly, we need to pump cement. If we choose to pump it from the top, then that might alter what we do with the relief well, but the relief well is still a part of the solution, so we will just continue to make each step as we go forward.


From California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger:

For the hundreds of thousands of Californians in gay and lesbian households who are managing their day-to-day lives, this decision affirms the full legal protections and safeguards I believe everyone deserves.

From Brian Brown, President, National Organization for Marriage:

Big surprise! We expected nothing different from Judge Vaughn Walker, after the biased way he conducted this trial...(He) has overruled the votes and values of 7 million Californians who voted for marriage as one man and one woman. This ruling, if allowed to stand, threatens not only Prop 8 in California but the laws in 45 other states that define marriage as one man and one woman.

From the Sacramento Bee:

At issue is whether a state, through ballot initiative or other means, can deny rights to a certain class of people that are afforded to others. In a convincing 136-page opinion, Federal Judge Vaughn R. Walker made clear that states cannot deny rights in this manner.

From the Los Angeles Times:

In his ruling, (Judge) Walker said that a key witness presented none of the credible evidence against same-sex marriage that had been promised, and that when the witness was asked about evidence demonstrating the state's interest in procreation through marriage, he replied: "You don't have to have evidence of this point." ... the trial in San Francisco delivered an unforgettable lesson in what Proposition 8 and same-sex marriage really mean. From now on, it will be harder for opponents of same-sex unions to continue mouthing canards. The public as well as the courts have had an opportunity to hear the facts. The debate over same-sex marriage will never be quite the same again.

From the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regrets today’s decision.  California voters have twice been given the opportunity to vote on the definition of marriage in their state and both times have determined that marriage should be recognized as only between a man and a woman. We agree.  Marriage between a man and a woman is the bedrock of society. ... There is no doubt that today’s ruling will add to the marriage debate in this country, and we urge people on all sides of this issue to act in a spirit of mutual respect and civility toward those with a different opinion.


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