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Saturday, May 1, 2010

BP's containment problem is unprecedented


The Buzz: The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico presents BP Exploration and Production with a problem of unprecedented severity — a limitless gush in very deep waters — forcing the London-based company to grasp for fixes that have never been tried before.

The Explanatory Buzz: The problem with the April 20 spill is that it isn't really a spill: It‘s a gush, like an underwater oil volcano. A hot column of oil and gas is spurting into freezing, black waters nearly a mile down, where the pressure nears a ton per inch, impossible for divers to endure. Experts call it a continuous, round-the-clock calamity, unlike a leaking tanker, which might empty in hours or days.

This one stands to become the worst in history. Add to the mix a tropical storm, if not hurricane, and watch the black goo spread and ruin the better part of the Gulf coast.

Do BP and its insurers have the resources to clean this mess?

The Weather Channel just reported on the cleanup of the first oil-soaked seabird. Think Dawn detergent and 300 gallons of water. Where might we put the spent water, all full of Dawn and crude oil, when the bird is done?

And where shall we release that bird so that it doesn't get in the oil again?

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