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Gulf oil leaks could last years.
derF
National Geographic warns that if efforts to stem the oil leaks on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico fail the leaks could continue for decades resulting in catastrophic damage to the Gulf itself and to the land that borders it.

http://news.natio...-cap-leak/

I wonder how much of it would be payed for by British Petroleum?
Edited by derF on 05/15/2010 23:44
 
catman
derF: I can always count on you for uplifting news. The story doesn't surprise me, though. I wonder how much oil is in that deposit. If no one can stop it, I suppose it will go one until it is essentially empty.

So long, Gulf of Mexico, and all the jobs that depend on it.
 
Hypatia
catman wrote:
derF: I can always count on you for uplifting news. The story doesn't surprise me, though. I wonder how much oil is in that deposit. If no one can stop it, I suppose it will go one until it is essentially empty.

So long, Gulf of Mexico, and all the jobs that depend on it.


Not to mention the effects on wildlife.

This is such a sad tragedy.
 
Hypatia
Finally, something done, finally, some good news.

It's something, even if it is only temporary and even if there are still any number of things that could occur or go wrong.

http://news.yahoo..._oil_spill
BP finally stops oil spewing from Gulf gusher

NEW ORLEANS The oil has stopped. For now. After 85 days and up to 184 million gallons, BP finally gained control over one of America's biggest environmental catastrophes Thursday by placing a carefully fitted cap over a runaway geyser that has been gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico since early spring.

Though a temporary fix, the accomplishment was greeted with hope, high expectations and, in many cases along the beleaguered coastline, disbelief. From one Gulf Coast resident came this: "Hallelujah." And from another: "I got to see it to believe it."

If the cap holds, if the sea floor doesn't crack and if the relief wells being prepared are completed successfully, this could be the beginning of the end for the spill. But that's a lot of ifs, and no one was declaring any sort of victory beyond the moment.

The oil stopped flowing at 3:25 p.m. EDT when the last of three valves in the 75-ton cap was slowly throttled shut. That set off a 48-hour watch period in which much like the hours immediately after a surgery the patient was in stable, guarded condition and being watched closely for complications.

"It's a great sight," said BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles, who immediately urged caution. The flow, he said, could resume. "It's far from the finish line. ... It's not the time to celebrate."

Nevertheless, one comforting fact stood out: For the first time since an explosion on the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 workers April 20 and unleashed the spill 5,000 feet beneath the water's surface, no oil was flowing into the Gulf.


 
Bob of QF
It's been long enough to have engineered all sorts of corrective measures...

...idiots.

Maybe this one will hold.
Quantum Junction: Use both lanes

Reality is that which is left, after you stop believing.
 
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