The US Government was at the complete mercy of BP's technology and promised word that they could cap & clean-up any disasterous situaton that occurred when they originally granted the oil giant the right to drill in such a vital resource.
Logic dictates that the government had no buiness granting BP a license to drill in the first place if the government had no tools, technology or a "Plan B" if a disaster of such "Biblical" proportions occurred.
Blame for this event starts at the US Bureau of Mines and Geology all the way down to the company that placed the drill into the ground. To point the blame completely at BP is completely inaccurate a "scapegoat" tactic. Everybody as to pay for this mess starting with the US government. To point a finger at just BP is to beleive politician press releases
Officials have been testing a cap to temporarily halt the leak. It was put in place Monday with its valves left open. Government officials were afraid the build up of pressure from closing the valves could cause additional leaks. After further analysis BP engineers were given the okay to close the valves. Wednesday night a leak was detected before testing of the new cap could begin. As of Thursday morning, the minor leak was repaired. As of Thursday afternoon, the gushing major leak has been plugged.