May 29: This image made from video released by British Petroleum (BP PLC) shows the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.
Robert, Louisiana (CGP) – Top Kill. The measure codenamed such by British Petroleum (BP) has failed. BP was forced to admit defeat Saturday, as its effort to plug the catostrophic surging oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico has failed.
BP planned to plug the gushing oil leak by means of pumping mud into a busted well, creating a temporary plug that would by engineers more time to design a measure that could permanently seal away the damage. Acres of lush marshland and beaches now stand ruined, as mounds of oil drench everything in its path.
Bp PLC Chief Operating Officer, Doug Suttles, reported that the company determined “top kill” had failed after three days of attempts to pump the leak with heavy mud.
Over 1.2 million gallons of mud was used, but most of it quickly escaped the damaged riser, being shuttled upward as quickly as it was deployed.
This spill has become the worst in US history. For 6 weeks now, BP has tried to obscure the scope of the damage and the White House has not been able to provide oversight to any agency, to quickly fix the environmental catastrophe.
In 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil spill put up to 40 million gallons of oil into the ocean. This spill, by far, dwarfs even that, with the surface of the spill being the size of the state of Delaware.
“This scares everybody, the fact that we can’t make this well stop flowing, the fact that we haven’t succeeded so far,” says BP exec Suttles. “Many of the things we’re trying have been done on the surface before, but have never been tried at 5,000 feet.”
In addition to devastating the local environment, with pelicans and even oysters and shrimp being engulfed by coats of thick crude oil, it is destroying the region’s mercantilism with damage to fishing, coastal enterprises and shrimp/oyster nurseries.
After hearing about the top kill failure, Obama said the ongoing problem is “as frustrating as it is heartbreaking.”
So far, the oil spill and rig explosion that lead to it has claimed 11 lives. It has been ongoing since April 20th, with no real end in site, until the entire contents of the oil bed are spilled into the ocean.
BP estimates at best, the leak will not be fully contained until August, and even then, that is not guaranteed or necessarily expected.
As BP and Obama continue to try to fix this major tragedy, a tragic blunder the fault of both Obama and BP, hard-working American suffer.
Johnny Nunez, the owner of local business Fishing Magician Charters in Shell Beach, Louisiana, said the spill is hurting his business. This is usually the best time of the year, and this oil leak is destroying his enterprise.
“If fishing’s bad for five years, I’ll be 60 years old. I’ll be done for,” he said after watching BP’s televised announcement.