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Why 5 1/2 Days to Repair the Oil Pipe off the Louisiana Coastline?

THE FACTS

Barge Hits Well Near Gulf, Sends Oil, Gas Spewing

Raw Video: New Spill in the Gulf Spews Oil

AssociatedPress | July 27, 2010

A tow boat slammed into an abandoned well north of a bay that had already been hit by crude from the Gulf oil spill. It sent a plume of oil and gas spewing into the air. (July 27)

Oil leak from well in Jefferson Parish capped

OPINION

What took 5 1/2 days to cap this pipe? It was not miles off shore, nor was it deep under the water. Why did the event happen in the first place? From the initial article above:

“…The Coast Guard said the towboat Pere Ana C was pushing the barge on Mud Lake when it hit the wellhead about 1 a.m. No one was hurt.

The towboat captain told investigators the well was not lit as required, Coast Guard Capt. John Arenstam said…”

Why at that time, in the wee hours of the morning, was a barge and towboat moving on the waters, and what the heck is the captain talking about ‘not lit’? Where were HIS lights? Where were his charts? Where was his fathometer? Where were his brains?

Does not make sense unless…

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