Monday, May 10, 2010

BP May Plug Leak With Golf Balls and Tires

BP officials, still licking their wounds from a failed attempt to place a dome over the Gulf oil leak this weekend, are now thinking "outside the box" for alternative solutions. In other words: they're getting desperate.

One such official told the BBC today that the company may attempt to clog the rig's failed blowout preventer with shredded debris - like tires and golf balls. The method is "not much different to the way you might plug up a toilet," said BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles.

Now there's an analogy that inspires confidence. Still, as goofy as it may sound, it must be better than doing nothing at all, right? Not necessarily:
"Experts have warned that any further damage to the blowout preventer - a huge valve system meant to turn the oil off - could see it shooting out at 12 times the current rate."
Officials from BP, Transocean, and Halliburton will have to answer a litany of uncomfortable questions this week at a series of hearings on Capitol Hill. (Like, why didn't the blowout preventer actually prevent the blowout?)

It's looking more and more like a plan never really existed for dealing with a spill of this magnitude. And now as BP scrambles to come up with solutions, it's clearly far too late.

At this point, they might have better luck calling a plumber.

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