Now we have The New York Times saying "White House Struggles as Criticism on Leak Mounts.
The dollar quote is from Ms Carol M. Browner, the Administrations energy adviser (and President Clinton's head of the EPA):
“This is obviously a difficult situation,” Ms. Browner said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, “but it’s important for people to understand that from the beginning, the government has been in charge.”Being "in charge" is not the solution to anything.
Going back to my days at a lieutenant, flying in the Pit of the Old F-4, I remember when I wrote up the radar fire control system of a particular aircraft three times in a row—twice on one day and again the next morning. The maintenance crews were as frustrated as I was. After the second write-up I asked the Master Sergeant to call me at the the building we were staying (we were on a deployment) if he got another CND—Can Not Duplicate. He didn't. He later said that they had been told not to bother the aircrews during "crew rest". (Actually, this is a good rule.)
After the third session we cut a deal. I got in the front seat and the technician got in the back seat and I cranked up the airplane and put it on internal power. Sure enough, after he turned on the radar and starting doing the BIT Checks (Built in Test) he saw the same errors I had. Turned out that the Dash 60 External Power Unit they were using for electrical power while doing maintenance was the problem piece of equipment. It was out of calibration.
Problem solved by cooperation between the operators and the maintainers. I would be looking for Ms Browner to tell me how the Government and BP are cooperating, not to tell me who is in charge.
Regards — Cliff