Wednesday, May 26, 2010

BP Oil Leak: From Streaming Top Kill Video to Screaming Pundits

At Fast Company or CNN, the Times Picayune and most likely multiple other news outlets have posted live streaming video of BP's attempt to stop the oil leak using the Top Kill method. The oil company started the procedure this afternoon.

Apparently Admiral Thad Allen had to address rumors that BP was going to cut off video. The company's taking a lot of criticism right now for possibly withholding information and blocking access. See video from CSPAN below.

Before today's effort began, WWL TV reported that this is the first time the Top Kill method has been tried at the depth of the Deepwater Horizon/BP gusher.

The Fast Company piece opens with a sentiment that echoes mass thought:
It's becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of BP's failed efforts at stopping the Oil Spill that Ate the Gulf. The latest long-shot solution involves pumping drilling mud down a pipe and into the Deepwater Horizon's well in an attempt to hold back oil--a process known as "Top Kill".
CNN's posted video and an article that explains how the Top Kill method works. The Times Picayune explains it with a graphic.

My son said yesterday at work he helped scientists who are trying to clean-up the oil spill to load vehicles with supplies. They told him that the damage is unbelievable, overwhelming.

I had considered driving down through Terrebonne Parish to see damage or calling up to find out if my cousins in Cajun country knew of any fishermen who could take me to a spot, and so I'm glad I saw this TP video. In it, two local reporters say it's impossible to go see oil spill damage without a boat.

Oil spill video: out with the birds and booms

Are you having trouble keeping up? RisingTide on Twitter shared that Social Gumbo's posted on a Smart Phone application to help people get involved. If you'd like to see which bloggers are sharing personal stories and reports on the oil leak, Deb on the Rocks has a piece at today.

Mother Jones reports that "anecdotal" stories are surfacing saying some people are getting sick from chemicals BP's using to disperse the oil. The publication also looks at controversy around "BP's Oil Spill Plan":
There's mounting evidence that federal regulators at the Minerals Management Service were paying zero attention to the oil industry, particularly when it came to authorizing oil spill response plans. Case in point: BP's Oil Spill Response Plan for the Gulf of Mexico lists sea lions, seals, sea otters, walruses in its evaluation of how a spill might affect local wildlife. The problem? None of these critters live in the Gulf.
The Huffington Post continues to follow the crisis with its Big Oil Spill News page, including growing anger at government leaders, including President Barack Obama. Field Negro has an opinion on the flow of oil frustration to Obama's door.

Louisiana resident and former Clinton strategist James Carville has been blasting Obama.

And now, even former President George W. Bush is stepping forward to say we must find alternative energy sources. He said this speaking at a wind energy conference. I may have to comment on that later.

My posts on oil are all under the oil label here. At I listed books on why Louisiana wetlands must be saved.

1 comment:

Shanel said...

I don't understand why they haven't found a solution yet... I read today that BP is going to try something new to stop it... at this time I've not felt comfortable point fingers and criticizing beacause I truely feel that everyone is doing what they know to do... I feel that they are trying... but I'm wondering what Pres. Obama plans to do next if this new strategy by BP doesn't work.