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The federal agency noted that the long-range cleanup plan was rejected because the details were inadequate and the technical details were insufficient. Company officials said they would addess those concerns and resubmit a new plan on Monday, Aug. 2, 2010.
The Associated Press reported that the company had been summoned by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, an arm of the Department of Transportation, back in February to discuss problems that the agency had noted in inspection of the 1,900-mile pipeline system. One of the areas of concern was the section that ruptured. The company estimates that 819,000 gallons escaped while the EPA puts their estimate at over one million gallons.
In other news, BP and the Coast Guard announced that the static kill process should begin sometime on Monday, Aug. 2, 2010. One of the relief well drill rigs has completed reaching the area near the bottom of the well to begin plans to completely kill the well. The casing is being put into place today and then they will wait for the static kill procedure to be completed before they continue the bottom kill method.