A view of BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
The latest “solution” to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill doesn’t seem to be as promising as most had hoped. BP’s idea was to use giant shears to slice off a piece of the pipe and then place a cap on it in hopes to stop the gushing spill has come face-to-face with a problem. After 6 weeks of failed efforts to stop the spill, this marks yet another frustrating delay.
Originally they were using a diamond-tipped saw, but under tremendous undersea pressure the saw became stuck in the pipe about halfway through the job. BP used the shears to cut off the remaining pipe left. Unfortunately the cut was irregular and now placing the cap will be challenging. Even with a clean cut, slicing away a section of the 20 inch wide riser could remove kinks in the pipe and temporarily increase the flow of oil… as much as 20%. The worst oil spill in U.S. history doesn’t seem to have any promising solutions and it is weighing heavily on everyone involved, including citizens.
The cap is said to be over the spill and will be placed Thursday afternoon. It won’t be on perfectly as they originally had hoped for, so it is unknown how much oil BP can siphon to the surface. August is the next step. Then BP will be placing two relief wells meant to plug the reservoir for good. This might have been a low probability accident, but it is catastrophic. BP acknowledges that. They seemed deeply apologetic about the hurt they have caused, especially to the wildlife that has been affected. Even if recognition isn’t good enough, some are temporarily satisfied they are taking responsibility and saying the criticism is “fair”.
"cap project" - BP's latest attempts on slowing the oil spill until a permanent solution in August
In the end, this spill is costly to BP. This cap project will cost them around $360 million. Not to mention the $990 million they have spent on clean up, grants to Gulf Coast states and money to people and companies that have claimed to be hurt by the spill. We will not know if the large amounts of money spent on this project alone will have much of a positive effect until the cap is placed and observed. No money can reverse the effects the U.S. has suffered from this spill, but hopefully this temporary cap project can hold the spill until the relief wells are in place.
BP holds a hose to our environmental heads
President Barack Obama arrives Sunday for his first in-person evaluation of the damaging oil spill, now clouding the once vibrant waters of the Gulf of Mexico. When approached about the catastrophe, he called it “unique and unprecedented,” and something that will take “many days to stop.”
The visit comes at a time when his administration is suffering from an immense amount of criticism, regarding how they responded to the spill in a less-than-punctual manner. But, now on the scene, the president has not only brought federal attention to the issue, but he has even pointed a stern finger at the responsible party by calling it “the BP oil spill.”
Obama is not happy about the BP oil spill
Standing just outside the Venice Coast Guard Center in Louisiana, the president wore a grave face as he spoke of the damage that the oil leak will impose upon the economy, and the environment of the country’s Gulf States: “It could jeopardize the livelihoods of thousands of Americans who call this place home.” He made sure to clearly shovel the blame onto the shoulders of the British oil giant, whom he holds entirely accountable; however, he knows the obligation at hand, and promises to invest all that America has to improve the situation.
“We’re going to do what’s necessary to protect the American people,” said the president, “to determine who’s behind this potentially deadly act, and to see that justice is done.”
The fight against oil continues in the Gulf of Mexico
The rapidly-expanding oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has put pressure on the White House to pacify the public by proving Obama has reconsidered off-shore drilling, and that he will not proceed with developing the industry until the accident is fully reviewed. But, the pressure is more bipartisan than American government itself, as both the Democrats and Republicans try not to get themselves dirty, dealing with the oily mess.
Democrats and environments present the spill as enough evidence for Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla) to suggest that the slightest notion of expanding off-shore drilling will be shot dead once it arrives on
Bipartisan suffering brings them together
Capitol Hill. And, surprisingly enough, the quick-to-critique Republicans haven’t said a word – even though the White House took nine days before taking action. It seems that their presidential motto “drill baby drill” has scared them into silence, and finally persuaded them to shut up.
Several Republicans still expressed support for domestic drilling on Friday, alongside the president himself, who admitted that his position did not change regarding offshore drilling as a substitute for offshore supplies. And with people quoting him for stating that “Oil rigs today generally don’t cause spills,” he might have to be just as worried as his friends across the aisle.
Ladies and Gentleman of American government, stop pointing at each other and get something done. For once in your lives save something – accomplish something: perform on behalf of the greater good, and not for mere political perpetuation.