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May 17th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

BP puts tube into Gulf Coast gusher

(CNN) – The crisis in the Gulf of Mexico is now entering its 28th day, but this morning there is some promising news. Some of the oil that was spewing into the Gulf is now being siphoned into a rig on the surface.

However, a permanent solution of stopping every drop may still be weeks or even months away. BP's chief operating officer, Doug Suttles, joined us on Monday's American Morning with the latest development.

Read more: BP reports progress in fight to contain oil leak

Filed under: Business • Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. alina

    hi, i am alina and comfort I want to give my opinion to stop oil if someone dare to create a huge buffer to be placed inside the tube, I think skipping could do and a link to it and extract oil. do not want to become just a funny idea. I hope to find a solution to not suffer greatly

    May 19, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  2. jd3

    The simple fact is that BP doesn't know how to stop the leak. Hence all the different solutions and the delays. All they have is theories and the possibility of mucking with it and making the leak even WORSE is ever present. IMHO, they are absolutely guessing (perhaps educated), at what may or may not work. Remember this thing is 5000 FEET under the ocean and everything has to be done by floating robots. God help the Gulf and I sincerely hope they come up with something because ONE THING IS FOR SURE: if they HAD a solution...they would have USED IT by now.

    May 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  3. conoclast

    BP has no bottom-line interest in cleaning up the spill-other than damage-control to their public relations image. They have adequately shown that their attitude towards affected Gulf Coast residents is one of "let them eat cake". Will they-with aid from their employees in the US congress-try to wriggle out of financial responsibility for the disaster? Don't bet against it!

    May 18, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  4. Mari

    I am annoyed with our government and concerned about BP's management skills. Our government should have helped with stopping this oil spill and BP should have had better management skills in dealing with the problem. This is not about pointing fingers, it is about saving our lives. Basic management skills say that if you don't know what to do, do that which is easiest first. What in God's name were they thinking??? This is so frustrating to watch!!!

    May 18, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  5. GMG

    Couldn't someone develop a oil boom that has rotating disk
    in it to carry the oil to a collection base? It could be a straight line
    tethered at each end with ships or something. You could set it at the current that is carrying the oil, like a wall to stop it. I am surprised there are not better containment devices for this sort of disaster. When did the Exxon spill happen?

    May 18, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  6. james

    A straw?

    "I drank your milkshake!"

    May 18, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  7. michael nyc

    – drill deep (about 1000ft) new adjacent shaft a few feet away from old shaft – place explosive charge at bottom and fill/cover/seal with cement – explode charge to collapse wall and fill with rock, earth etc.

    thank you

    Michael Gruters – former faculty physics Princeton late 60'

    p.s. the use of dispersing chemicals make surface removal impossible and poisons the sea – really stupid....

    May 18, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  8. R.J. Roberts

    Why isn't BP utilizing C.W. Roberts Co. and having them introduce large quantities of straw as they have demonstrated works for the oil to adhere to and can be gathered up later and even used to produce energy ??

    They need to stop all the screwing around with the high tech crap that hasn't worked so far and go with something that does, even if it's a simple solution.

    May 18, 2010 at 8:13 am |
  9. nancy

    That "tube" is like putting a straw into the ocean and sucking out all the water. Come on...

    May 18, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  10. Jeff Miller

    Why is there not a system of floating walls being placed, to ENCIRCLE the area of the leak, not allowing ANY oil to escape outside this area? If need be, ten feet high,ten feet below water, large enough to allow all ships and repair equipment inside, and also large enough to contain weeks worth of release...Why once released, is the oil allowed to travel as fate will take it, THEN attempt to clean it....I cannot get any involved to answer this question...

    May 18, 2010 at 6:42 am |
  11. Harold Lunde

    BP's statement that they may now kill the well (i.e , permanently disable the well) by forcing mud and cement down it, begs the question whether BP was heretofore using less effective methods that would preserve the well as a future productive resource!

    May 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm |
  12. Stu McFarlane

    John last week You featured a fellow with what seemed to me to be something that would be of great use in cleaning up the oil spill. I am referring to the gentleman with the sugar cane solution. I certainly am not a scientist but that solution he proposed was spot on. I have waited all week to hear more on this subject. Perhaps it is too simple – perhaps it works – perhaps British Petroleum has its head stuck where the sun does not shine.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  13. alex gallione

    a way to stop or at least slow it down to a manageable leak is to simply crush the pipe as flat as possible or if possible kink the pipe!!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  14. Barbara

    The news coverage of the oil DISASTER is deplorable by CNN as well as all the others.
    What an abomination they cover a philandering narcisist, Tiger Woods 24 hours a day , but an economic, ecological, environmental catastrophe is hardly covered......... the truth not told and sounds like something is being done......WRONG, millions of gallons pour into the gulf everyday with untold damage and no end in site.............. because British Petroleum cares more about money than making sure safe guards are WORKING and good ole US turns a blind eye and allows abuse of our waters and soil by companies.

    SHAME on everybody

    May 17, 2010 at 3:05 pm |

    Hasn't anyone noticed that BP has waited 3 weeks to do anything to stop the thousands of gallons of Oil leaking into the water. They are now trying to put that tube into the leak to capture some of the leaking oil into their tanker on top. Why didn't they try to Cap the hole weeks ago? I have learned that it is common to plug oil leaks with "Junk" and I'm sure BP could have come up with "Junk" that would't have hurt the sea creatures. However, they had no desire to cap or plug up the leak. All they wanted to do was to come up with a way to capture some of that leaking oil and continue to profit from it. Congress should make them pay dearly for this!!!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  16. Bony Constand Nita


    There is tech available to drill a salvation well in few weeks entry blow out well casing from outside and pumping heavy mud shot down free flowing well. Than cement it.
    I know for sure this was done in 1990th in Hungary where a blow out well was settled down this way.
    This is a radical and safe solution.
    Salvation well can be some hundred yards away.
    Wish the best!

    Usually happens while drilling salvation well, eruption to settle down itself.

    May 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm |