Please help me understand the BP oil spill. I see the footage of the oil plume and wonder how wide it is when it reaches the surface. This question tells me why capping the pipe is not feasable. But what about creating a thermal column of warm(er) water to help "focus" the oil plume to a more concentrated area on the surface while the relief well is being drilled? Thanks for your explanations...
Why is it so impossible for BP to create a tightly sealed solution for the failed blow-out preventer in the Gulf of Mexico? Sure, there's the cap, but.. [more inside]
Who is the senator who was very vocal about getting access to the live feed of the BP oil spill in the Gulf?
Who is the senator who was very vocal about getting access to the live feed of the BP oil spill in the Gulf? [more inside]
Any ammo for an argument with someone who doesn't think the BP oil spill is bad? [more inside]
What conservation or local groups are currently working on cleaning up the oil from the BP oil spill, especially in terms of wildlife? I'd like to donate as I'm not able to volunteer.
Many pictures of the oil spill show the booms washed up on shore, or filled with oil on the wrong side. An example of this. Why is the oil always on the wrong side of the boom? Are these booms really doing anything? Shouldn't the oil be gathering on the other side, ready to be skimmed and cleaned?
Wont the BP oil well run out of oil at some point? How long could it possibly keep spewing? Don't wells run dry? (Sorry if I am hopelessly naive. I've never thought about oil wells in my life before this.)
The stock price of BP is at about $42/share. When the US Market opens after Memorial Day, the price will have surely fallen because of the company's failed "junk shot" and "top kill". [more inside]
The NYTimes has an article this morning about the next trick to stop BP's oil spill in the Gulf: the "junk shot" (basically stuff a bunch of junk in the pipes to clog it). Looking at the left half of this picture I'm wondering why they can't do that dynamite trick used in There will be blood (1:14 in the clip) ... just drill down a couple hundred meters to the pipe, send some explosives in and let the earth stop the leak. Anyone know why not?
How do you get work as an 'oil spill hand' ? How many general laborers were hired to clean up the shoreline after the Exxon Valdez disaster? What will the potential employment scenario be for oil spill hands (general labor) in the unfolding disaster in the Gulf. [more inside]