The list of incompetencies displayed by the Obama Administration is very long and embarassing to say the least. Now you can add this to it:
For 48 days and nights, the Deepwater Horizon well spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico, when it could have been shut down.
As the final report of The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling states: "It is very likely that if the top kill had been designed to deliver more than 109 bpm of 16.4 ppg drilling fluid below the BOP stack for a sustained period, the Macondo blowout could have been stopped between May 26-28, 2010. Given that the well was successfully shut-in with the capping stack in July, and that the subsequent bullhead (static) kill was successful, certainly a higher rate top kill would have been successful at that time."
The New York Times reported that Energy Secretary Steven Chu was responsible for stopping the effort against BP's wishes. The contentious nature of the relationship between the National Incident Command (headed by Chu) and BP became such that BP was excluded from the press conference by the Secretary on June 1, 2009.
That is an unnecessary, extra 48 days that the well spew oil in to the Gulf due to the criminal negligence of the Obama Administration folks; and that is your government in action!