Shell Oil ex-CEO: “I hope… a 50/50 chance” relief wells will work — & More (VIDEO)

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.

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