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May 30, 2010– It is now 40 days since the oil spill caused by the explosion, fire and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig started. BP’s much publicized “Top Kill” operation to plug the oil gusher has come a cropper, as oil continues to flow out in large quantities, leading many to believe that this environmental disaster may now even exceed the Exxon Valdez disaster!
This is certainly not good news for anybody. The oil spill now threatens large parts of the Gulf of Mexico. Wildlife, marine animals, as well as people who depend on the sea for their livelihood (fishermen and shrimp farmers). Entire beaches on the south coast are threatened by the spreading slick. The incident highlights how just one well in the hundreds that are already in operation in the Gulf region can pose a danger that was not anticipated.
BP’s Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles was quoted in some media reports as saying that the Top Kill attempt was now a failure. Suttles was also quoted as saying BP will now turn to the “lower marine riser package”, or LMRP, technique, which he hopes will be operating within four to seven days.
Lets hope this operation will be successful.