But it sure looks silly on its face:
No really? I thought they would open it up on special occasions, birthdays, national holidays, drunken parties for billionares etc.
The actual story is here and it does have substance:
Suttles’ announcement seemed to alter the strategy that Coast Guard Admiral Thad W. Allen (ret.), the federal government’s point man in the disaster, had described on Saturday. Allen had extended a two-day “integrity test” on the well until Sunday. But, Allen said, when the test was eventually done, it would likely be re-opened and connected to pipes that would siphon the leak up toward ships on the surface.
But on Sunday, Suttles said that the process of fitting the well with those pipes would have allowed oil to flow into the gulf for perhaps three days. Instead, he said, the “test” of the closed cap would continue indefinitely. A BP spokesman said the decision was made in consultation with the government, and that Allen has the authority to have the well opened if he sees the need.
I think that BP and the administration would much rather not have oil flowing regularly into the Gulf live on camera.