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Oil spill will be the worst environmental disaster in history of its kind.

Posted by 3citynewswire on 05/31/2010

The Gulf oil spill is probably the biggest environmental ­disaster ever to have faced the US, President Obama’s top ­energy adviser has said. In the wake of a failure this weekend to plug the BP well with the tricky “top kill” operation, BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward said the Gulf of Mexico leak may not be stopped for two months.

“There’s no doubt that the ultimate solution lies on the relief well, which is in August,” he said on Sunday as he toured the Louisiana fishing hub of Venice, largely idled by the spill.but reliable way to intercept and cap the leaking well that ruptured with a deadly rig explosion on April 20.

In the meantime, Mr Hayward said BP needs “to be in the mind-set of containment in the sub-sea, containment on the surface and defending the shoreline, in a very aggressive way.”

The Gulf spill has surpassed the Exxon Valdez disaster off Alaska in 1989 as the worst US oil spill, with an estimated 12,000 to 19,000 barrels leaking per day.

BP is preparing a containment cap to place on top of a lower marine riser package (LMRP), which is a piece of equipment that sits atop the failed blowout preventer at the seabed one mile below the surface.

The White House said the company would begin cutting a pipe that rises out of the so-called LMRP today or tomorrow. If the containment operation works – and BP expects to know later this week – then at least some of the leaking oil could be piped to the surface.

But even President Barack Obama’s administration, facing a barrage of criticism that they have been slow to respond to the crisis, is looking toward August and the relief well solution.

Mr Obama, who made his second visit of the disaster to the Gulf last Friday, is sending three of his top energy and environmental officials back to the Gulf this week.

Also speculation BP’s spraying chemicals on the oil spill makes the oil sink and stay’s hidden from the surface not telling the true consequences of the disaster.

Independent scientists and government officials say another disaster is playing out in slow motion — and out of public view — in the mysterious depths between the gusher and the coast, a world inhabited by sperm whales, gigantic jellyfish and diminutive plankton.


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One Response to “Oil spill will be the worst environmental disaster in history of its kind.”

  1. Yahoo Movie…

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