Gulf oil spill: Too big to stop- or even watch on a live feed

Hundreds of thousands of people from across the world are logging on to see live video of oil gushing from a broken pipe that is responsible for the gargantuan petrochemical spill in the Gulf of Mexico and increasingly, the coastal wetlands that protect New Orleans.


Committee chair  Rep. Ed Markey, a Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts, has persistently criticized BP for failing to work with outside scientists to determine the exact size of the spill. Independent scientists using what video, satellite photos and other data BP has made available have determined that the gush of oil may be much more than the  5,000 barrels a day estimated by BP.  With more data, scientists say they could better calculate the flow of oil from the sea floor. The live feed is a first step towards making more information publicly available, Markey said in a May 19 letter to BP.

“This is a victory for transparency and open access to information, and for the ongoing efforts to understand the magnitude of this unfolding disaster and how best to solve it. Now the world can see what is happening 5,000 feet beneath the ocean floor,” Markey reiterated in a statement issued Thursday.
In response to Markey’s letter, BP made the  live video available on its website, www.bp.com., and said it had already been providing a live feed to government agencies for two weeks.
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  • norrishall

    The next time an oil or nuclear energy executive tells you that modern technology has made things much safer nowadays, ask him if modern technology can overcome

    1. human error
    2. poor decision making
    3. equipment failure

    According to the chief engineer on the Deep Water Horizon all three factors played a part in causing the disaster.

    SAFE TECHNOLOGY will not save us from disaster. If your seat belt isn’t working properly or you fail to wear your motorcycle helmet, you are courting disaster.

    There are so many less enviornmentally damaging , cleaner and safer forms of energy like wind and solar that we need to turn our attention to.
    There are a lot faster and easier ways to reduce our dependence on oil like conservation and improving fuel efficiency.
    Punching a hole in the bottom of the ocean to suck up oil that has been trapped for millions of years under a protective bedrock is dangerous to man and our environment.

    If we want y energy indepndence for the next 1000 years we need to choose a energy source that is

    1. cheap
    2. abundant
    3. environmentally safe and clean
    4. universally available to everyone

    Drilling at the bottom of the sea does not meet a single one of these criteria

  • jimmy

    If you’re going to be drilling at over a mile in depth, and you’re one of the richest companies in the world, maybe, just maybe you would have a back up plan for IF something goes wrong! Hey, maybe nows the time to utilize some of those high pressure submarines that are used for deep underwater exploration. I cannot believe that with ALL of the smartest engineers and such working for you, that there is nothing that has yet been done to stop this potentially lethal oil from gushing into a fragile environment such as the gulf of mexico. Hey, how about this: just for kicks and giggles…try making cars and equipment that run on hydrogen, like what’s already being used in Iceland. We have plenty of water and just think….you’d be the first company to utilize green friendly fuel, that could stop the global warming as well as eliminating the use for dangerous fossil fuels that has caused catastrophic problems in the gulf already. Well….just a thought….Jimmy