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May 24th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

BP under fire over oil spill

(CNN) – Dozens of ships are now headed to the spot where a ruptured well is spewing crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. In two days, the crews on those vessels will attempt to plug the gusher using mud and cement. It's a high-risk procedure called a "top kill." If it fails, we could be dealing with this disastrous leak for months.

Doug Suttles, BP's chief operating officer for exploration and production, joined us on Monday's American Morning for an update on the progress.

Read more: BP exec defends response to spill as frustration grows


Filed under: Business • Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
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  1. Kevin Baumann

    Hayward with BP is trying to snowball with the comment that their oil is lighter than water due to specific gravity and it will all be floating on top,Take a trip to any oilfield waste processing facility and they can show you a sample of water on top of oil,Its due to emulsion and the fall out of heavy ends which can be separated with heat and chemical,My guess from experience is there is more oil below the water than above ,It may be time for the US to take over the assets of BP,I wonder how strong their insurer is or if the well had a limit , as there may not be much remaining after all costs are paid to affected states, the clean up and the big one settlement of suits by other producers caused by BP and a moritorium

    May 30, 2010 at 11:10 pm |
  2. Derek Tessier

    I have a Question? Would it be possable to freeze it with liquid nitrodgen. By inserting it into the BOP. If nothing else slow it down or stop it. Even if they freeze the bottom part of the BOP. it could possably freeze deep enough into the casing to slow it down.

    Or
    What about a huge steel upside down funnel with huge suction like a vacum with 4 or so line's. that they could put above the leak that would suck what ever they can suck the rest goes to the surface.

    Or
    what about a huge huge tarp or bag football fields that could be weighted on all sides like a sheet of paper over the well than sink all sides. That would create a huge underwater balloon that they could poke holes in and pump off at will... Something like a watter Balloon when you poke it with a needle....

    Or
    What about welding one mile of 48" or 60" pipe along shore putting a clam type clamp cut to fit the BOP on the end that is operated by hydrolics that could clamp around the BOP on the ocean floor. and several ancor lines. to help with drift, Weld it on shore drag it out to sea with a couple tug boats. with floating devices to help with transport. when it arives the the Blow out, stand it on end bye lowering the end with the clamp. Clamp the lowered end on the well head. Hopefully the larger pipe should allow for free flow of oil to surface where it could be pumped off into tankers and hauled to shore. Possably even larger pipe would be better!

    Just a few thoughts from your neighbor to the north
    Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada

    Best of luck USA

    May 28, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  3. David Guimond

    Why haven't we sent in a Submarine (Which can handle the pressures) with inert torpedos and battered the pipe closed.

    Someone needs to make the hard decision President Obama please get the Navy in on this.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:04 am |
  4. Smith in Oregon

    With a whopping 50% of the seafood, shell fish, shrimp and oysters coming from the Gulf of Mexico region specifically where the enormous heavy crude Oil spill occurred, the chances that any American continuing to eat seafood, shrimp and oysters are going to consume contaminated seafood is 50-50. That is extremely HIGH ODDs.

    More and more American's are becoming angry and upset as they realize a large portion of the food chain has been poisoned, toxified and are faced with either consuming contaminated seafood or entirely doing without it for many decades.

    The chances US Lawmakers will force seafood providers to LABEL point of origin stickers is extremely unlikely, meaning they won't help American consumers seeking to entirely seek non-Gulf of Mexico seafood in the market.

    Gardeners for decades have known that while discarded TIRES make a nice raised garden bed for ornamental plants, if you plant tomatoes and other edible crops in the earth poured into a discarded tire, the resulting crops contains contaminated Petrol-Chemicals from the discarded car tire which leeches into the soil and collected by the plants. Ending up in your food chain in a toxic fashion.

    50% of the heavy crude Oil specifically gushing into the once pristine Gulf of Mexico contains Asphalt which almost immediately sinks beneath the Ocean's surface and coats enormous sections of the undersea floor with that toxic material. In effect it turns thousands of square miles of the Gulf of Mexico into a discarded TIRE which leeches out those toxic Petrol-Chemicals into the food chain which is the fish, sea-life, shrimp, oysters, crabs, mussels etc. and from there to YOU.

    CNN Should begin responsible reporting on Petrol-Chemical poisoning, what organs are effected, what are the signs of acute and chronic poisoning from Petrol-Chemicals. PEOPLE deserve to know the truth and not some BP spin-misters telling them it is OK to consume chemicals that lead to a higher level of stomach and colon cancers.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  5. Joan Fox

    Why arent the Republicans defending this magnificent example of the "free Market deregulation"? Where is Sarah Palin defending BP? Come on people, defend your principles! If you look hard enough you can probably find it written in the constitution that any company can destroy our land at any time for their own profit....just look harder!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
  6. Jerry Wetherald

    A couple of days after oil spill CNN did a piece with Kera. The piece showed a diagram of a safety piece of equipment for the oil rigs that coast $500,000.00 and that foreign governments require this safety mechanism to prevent the disaster we are now facing. She also said that all the foreign countries oil rigs were equipped with this safety equipment except for the U.S.

    To date I haven't heard another word about it. Neither have I heard anything about the U.S. Government agency that is supposed to govern the oil companies other then the fact that they are in B.P.s pocket so to speak because of B.P.s lobbying efforts. I really wish all of you JOURNALIST would report the news in a more thorough and forthcoming manner. We get tired of not hearing the entire story.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
  7. gene karthauser

    Oil Spill

    You can not tell me that B P or some one can not put a nuff
    Dynamite or something like it in the well pipe to make the pipe.
    To make the well to cave in on it self to plug that well.
    Com on but that would be to EZZZZZZZZZ !!!!!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 10:59 am |