The BP mess in the Gulf is finally sealed with cement, 2.5 miles beneath the sea floor. Five months of gushing and fixes are done. Now for the cleanup, the wildlife, the local economies and new and improved safety regulations for the future.
April 20th 2010 – the rig explodes… the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history is about to begin..
Key facts: 200 million gallons in the Gulf, 11 killed, $8 billion paid in damages, $20 billion in compensation fund. BP CEO sacked – criminal investigations pending.
What a nightmare to decide. Open up a bit, or keep it tight, and risk a cracking seafloor.
Still tight, but seeps from seafloor detected.
When BP first announced their “giant” find down in the Gulf of Mexico, they estimated the whole thing to about 42bn gallons. But, as this is merely the “recoverable oil”, or about 20% of the well – we’re looking at something like 210bn gallons of oil down there, at the moment sipping through the seafloor at enormous pressure.
If all cracks open,
this could gush and spill for another hundred years.
Not a clue what we’re seeing here – but they’re working on it.
The gusher still not co-operative.
Latest from officials is that critical pressure test on the well “would be postponed“.
“It’s a good precaution for us to take at this time,” Mr. Wells said, but added, “It will set us back a couple days.”
End-game is relief wells mid august, and clean-up operations for years.
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New cap in place – a robot tightening the screws.
Cap and contain – BP spill might finally stop.
They put a new guy on the gusher – and makes a TWEET about it?
BP tweeted this afternoon that they had “reiterated today that Bob Dudley would over time take over responsibility for Gulf business related to the #oilspill.”
The giant corp: “Srry bout spll. #fuckups”