As the press has lost interest in this story, even though the blowout well is far from dead, the information coming from BP and the Unified Command has also begun to trail off. In his presser yesterday, Adm Allen sounded downright bored and so ready to put this behind him. The press, having grown to a very small group compared to two weeks ago, continue to ask the same questions over and over, and now that the Admiral has walked back his “I am the national incident commander, and I say this relief well will be completed,” to “we’re doing pressure testing and we don’t know….” the press (what’s left of it) has been doing their job of asking about what they’re really going to do. It’s just that very few of the public actually care. In the meantime the ROV feeds that are supposed to be showing the well and operations around the well now look mostly like this:
Currently, wellhead monitoring is being done during the announced “pressure test” for last night. The Gulf Watchers tell me that the Boa
Deep Sub C ROVs are indeed monitoring the wellhead, but those feeds have now been hidden from view for days. When asked for a third time in this presser yesterday, Adm Allen was dismissive, saying that “occassionally, these ROVs are down for maintenance”. They’re not down for maintenance when you can see them off in the distance on other ROV feeds staring intently at something that looks strangely like the wellhead. The Admiral also said that the static kill pressure readings were disclosed on the Unified Command site several days ago. Several people I know have searched both the new site and the old, and no pressure data disclosure exists anywhere we can find.
Clearly there are things going on behind the scenes that BP and the government doesn’t want us to see. They have successfully gotten the well off of the front page and television, just as they intended. We’ll continue to watch for any real information. Now it’s the “pressure test” that was supposedly carried out last night that we haven’t yet heard about.
In the meantime, we’re as much in the dark as those ROV feeds were not getting.