Hardball: Tar balls hit Texas, MSNBC, July 6, 2010:
Chris Matthews,Hardball, MSNBC:
Let's go to this question of the relief well effort.
John, based upon your expertise do you have confidence that the relief well...?
Former CEO of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister:
No assurance. but it's got to be tried. ...
If that doesn't work, then they're back to "What do we do now?" ...
They're talking about siphoning the oil through a pipeline and making use of it, but I just don't see that happening in the time frame.
I don't think the american people can stand more months of this gushing.
I think imploding the well, if the relief well doesn't work, is a better option. ...
That's the assumption. [The relief well] won't blow apart down there, below that line.
That's the assumption. I'm not giving it... I'm giving it -- I hope a 50/50 chance...
There has to be something for the cement to hold onto.
If the casing has been destroyed, if the outside of the casing is actually a channel flowing oil, then they're really in bad shape.
I don't know how they get enough cement pressure to it to make it stick.