18 thoughts on “Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

  1. yes… a joke. And this picture highlights the "tip of the iceberg" so to speak, thanks to the shameful use of toxic dispersants to hide their mess.

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  3. Want the truth and the answers?
    What was the BP process?
    first they put pressure on the drill rig sub contractors to do something about the oil leak while BP risk management evaluated the situation and crunched the numbers and looked at the options they had.
    The first containment unit was a rush package (the excuse we heard was hydrates) in fact the oil only had floating ability to come to surface, suction would not work because of a poor seal at the bottom with a bent over pipeline.

    During this time, BP evaluated how much this well could produce, their expected cost of damages and clean up. If you remember they made an excuse that the pipeline was to brittle to drill or cut.

    They decided that cutting the damaged LMRP off and installing a coupling to attach a new riser was the best plan of action instead of imploding (the pressure PSI was to high) the PSI is needed to push that volume of oil to the surface, thats why a small amount will still leak at the connection point.

    Risk management chose to make the well productive and pay for the additional damages from the revenue gained, instead shutting the operation down.
    BP has promised that all the revenue from this well will go to remuneration.
    We need to watch ship movement to make sure tankers don’t try to sell oil collected to off shore locations , remember we have 2 relief drill rigs working to get to the main.
    We need to watch all tanker ships coming from all three locations to make sure 100% of what is recovered goes to the clean up effort.

    They could pump a small amount from the main while siphoning off a majority from the other 2 rigs. Or the other 2 rigs might be tapping other pockets of the same system to increase what they recover.

    I’m sure BP still needs and wants clean up ideas!

  4. With 606 oilfields, the Niger delta supplies 40% of all the crude the United States imports and is the world capital of oil pollution. Life expectancy in its rural communities, half of which have no access to clean water, has fallen to little more than 40 years over the past two generations. Locals blame the oil that pollutes their land and can scarcely believe the contrast with the steps taken by BP and the US government to try to stop the Gulf oil leak and to protect the Louisiana shoreline from pollution.

    "If this Gulf accident had happened in Nigeria, neither the government nor the company would have paid much attention," said the writer Ben Ikari, a member of the Ogoni people. "This kind of spill happens all the time in the delta."

    "The oil companies just ignore it. The lawmakers do not care and people must live with pollution daily. The situation is now worse than it was 30 years ago. Nothing is changing. When I see the efforts that are being made in the US I feel a great sense of sadness at the double standards. What they do in the US or in Europe is very different."


  5. This should have been done, the day of the spill. I was wondering why this well had no shut-off valve, myself. Thanks for sharing.

  6. What they should do is instead of trying to pump oil Up the riser where they can process the oil, they should pump concrete Down the riser to the containment dome to Stop the leak.

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