Gulf Oil Spill: Oil Hits The Shores, Dome Removed, the Avalanche of Oil Continues

Just as the spill arrived at the shoreline yesterday soaking all in its path with thick vile toxic goo, BP puts its Containment Dome in place, and it began to look like perhaps the first chapter in this terrible tale was coming to an end. With the oil at the shoreline, at least we could begin to soak and wipe and vacuum it up, a much better idea than “dispersing” its lethal contents throughout the oceans. With the dome dropped 5,000 feet to the ocean’s floor, some of us thought that perhaps that was the last we’d see of the oil from this rig’s disaster. It would seem the lesson is not quite over yet.

A short while ago, it was announced that the containment dome has been taken back off, because ice crystals formed in it. They have removed it “to examine the problem.” So put a coffee warmer on the thing and put it back in place already! While it’s off, more oil is leaking out, more life is being poisoned and extinguished. While we’re at it, would someone please explain why they don’t just put a hose onto that capped pipe and retrieve that oil, thereby relieving (or at least reducing) the pressure on the sub-floor pool of reserves? That pipe could be acting as a relief valve for the pressure, and BP could be collecting unaffected crude from that source. One begins to wonder if they’re even on their own side anymore, or if BP is just floundering about, a fish out of water.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back.  Is that the way this debacle is going to continue?


4 replies
  1. wanda says:

    re. gulf oil spill

    if it was done on purpose, what was the reason? who is guiding them to do this?
    do these people think they are going to be teleported out of here to a better place?

    undergroundbeliever thinks he knows. he has a lot of info, & much of it makes sense.
    post glacier rebound…causing increased pressures in magma and oil, ocean levels go down, not up..volcanos erupt.

    thanks…the photograpic quality of your vids are amazing.

  2. Greg says:

    They cannot hook a “hose” to the well. The well head was damaged. Also, remember the texas gushers of old…… hitting oil and it erupts out of the ground with great force, skyward. This is deeeeeep oil, held under pressure in the ground for years, finally released.
    Estimates of bp have went up to 25,000 barrels a day with worse case scenario of 60,000 barrels a day which is equivalent to roughly 1700 gallons a minute spewing into the ocean.
    Now they are adding the dispersant which is 3 times more toxic than another chemically available dispersant from another company. It seems this tragedy is only just begun.

  3. John Taylor says:

    Greg, beg to differ. Calling it a hose might be oversimplifying, but the point is that the pipe which now has a valve on it has NO pressure coming out above the valve, which should allow a hose/pipe to be attached to it there, and then the oil would be able to be taken out via that “hose” to a tanker at the surface. This relieves the pressure on the two remaining leaks again, greatly reducing their output, and allows BP to retrieve that uncontaminated oil for their own purposes. The same “hose” that was going to go on the containment cone could be attached to the pipe that now has a valve on it. This is possible… leaving one to wonder why they haven’t been pursuing it. If their concern was that the “hose”/pipe would be in the way of other operations, I’d say it’s way past time to be concerned about that, and that mitigating damages, even temporarily, is in order. Considering all the other feats attempted, something this simple and straightforward seems worth a shot.

  4. Stacey Bedell says:

    It’s dumbfounding that it took them so long to make the headway they have. BP you’re really shown how your company is run. It is really hard to believe how a major cooperation like BP could be so incompetent. They have been doing this for over a 100 years! The only good thing from this whole experience is that it shows we give companies like them too much credit. Sad, very sad. The worst part of the whole situation is that is that so many people have had their livelihood pulled out from under their feet.


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