BP Oil Spill 2010 Update: Gulf Oil Leak Clean Up, Monday May 17
BP Gulf Oil Spill 2010 Update
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is now 3 weeks old and BP is finally getting a handle on stemming the tide of some of the leak.BP engineers have used a pipe fitted into the leaking well head and have been able to divert some of the oil up to the surface to a drill ship.
Doug Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer, who appeared on several network morning shows Monday, said that the mile-long tube was capturing a little more than 1,000 barrels of oil from the blown well and funneling it into the tanker ship.
“We’re really pleased that we’re capturing some of the flow,” -”>Mr. Suttles said on NBC’s “Today” show.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and caught fire three weeks ago on April 20th. The subsequent rupture to the well head sent 5,000 barrels a day of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers. Efforts to stop the leak have proved unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, executives from Halliburton, BP, and Transocean which owns the Deepwater Horizon have been facing harsh criticism in Washington as they face questioning from both Senate and House committees.
Now, it seems more evidence is surfacing that lends weight to charge that the amount of oil leaking is being greatly underestimated. Some scientists say it is much higher than the BP estimates of 5,000 barrels a day leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.
Scientists said on Sunday they had found vast underwater plumes of oil, one 10 miles (16km) long and a mile wide, lending weight to the fears of those who believe the actual spill could be many times greater than the estimate of 5,000 barrels daily.
Researchers from the National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology said they had detected the slicks lurking just beneath the surface of the sea and at depths of 4,000ft (1,200m).