Print 64 comment(s) - last by clovell.. on May 26 at 10:57 AM

Government officials are not so sure

Deadline after deadline has passed, and the U.S. government is growing tired of waiting for BP's supposed relief efforts that don't seem to be working. After one failed attempt at a dome and a relief well that could take until August, BP executives are saying they have more options to explore, and that the governments efforts would not produce any different results.

"We won't quit until we get this job done," said Doug Suttles, BP's chief operating officer. "We're doing everything we can."

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said BP has "from day one, frankly, not fulfilled the mission it was supposed to fulfill" and "if we find that they're not doing what they're supposed to be doing, we'll push them out of the way."

"In terms of not trusting BP, there's nobody--nobody--who is more devastated by what has happened and nobody that wants to shut this off more than we do and learn what happened so this never happens anywhere, to anyone, anywhere in the world again," said Robert Dudley, BP's managing director.

BP's next attempt at plugging the leak will be put to the test on Wednesday, where a thick, viscous fluid that is twice the density of water will be pumped into the core site of the leak. This will hopefully lead to the final stage of sealing the well permanently with cement.

Suttles said that if this attempt fails, BP's other options include placing an even smaller dome over the leak (for the third time), installing a blowout preventer, trying a "junk shot" (where rubber and other substances are used to plug the well), and the final solution being the relief well that could take up to 80 days to complete.

Two Obama administration officials went to Louisiana Monday to evaluate the response to the BP oil spill. In addition, Salazar and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will attend a flyover of affected areas as well as meet with BP representatives. Louisiana state and parish leaders, such as St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro, demanded that the federal government allow them to "dredge up walls of sand to close the channels between the Gulf and coastal estuaries." 

"Either the Coast Guard has to side with its American citizens and protect its communities, or it has to side with a major world corporation named BP and betray American citizens in that process," said Taffaro.

In addition, Coast Guard Rear Adm. and federal on-scene coordinator Mary Landry said the barrier island project, which is a $350 million blueprint to repair Louisiana's barrier islands,  is still under review. Environmental and officials are reviewing the impact this project may have on "endangered and threatened species."

In response, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser pointed to an oil-covered pelican nesting ground and replied, "Is it affected now?"

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: Wrong from start
By Ammohunt on 5/24/2010 3:40:52 PM , Rating: -1
Now that is *dangerous* ignorance. So what happens after this explosion of yours fails? now have a gaping hole where a pipe used to be. The job not only got more difficult but now is more than likely dumping oil even faster.

Sure it is if you drop a stick of dynamite down the pipe. You need to think on a larger scale and in the proximity of the well. Air explosions != Underwater explosions do some re-search before you spout off it has been done in the past.

RE: Wrong from start
By geddarkstorm on 5/24/2010 4:07:49 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure smarter people than us have thought about that.

The well has been cemented, so there's a nice, tough, cement sheath keeping it stable. To use an explosion to collapse that and the well bore, sealing it off, would be far, far more difficult than it sounds. What would you use as an explosive under a mile of water and all that pressure to generate the power to collapse the cemented well bore and against all the pressure of the oil? I'm sure we've got something, but that's a lot of ifs, and a lot of chances to fissure up the ground and multiply the holes the oil can escape from.

Thus, the risk of failure is too high at this point. If the explosion doesn't work, not only could there be far more oil blasting out, probably at the rate that destroyed Horizon, not the piddly rate right now; but how then would you contain it? Explosives should be the very last resort, there's far saner and more effective things to try first.

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain

Most Popular Articles5 Cases for iPhone 7 and 7 iPhone Plus
September 18, 2016, 10:08 AM
No More Turtlenecks - Try Snakables
September 19, 2016, 7:44 AM
ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment in Children: Problem or Paranoia?
September 19, 2016, 5:30 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM
Automaker Porsche may expand range of Panamera Coupe design.
September 18, 2016, 11:00 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki