With BP’s attempt to plug the Deepwater Horizon hole stalled for the moment the world is coming to Louisiana’s rescue.
The EU, UN, and 14 individual countries including Sweden with an offer of three skimming ships are ready to help, and BP has sent out worldwide demands for some 1000 kilometres of booms to corral the oil slick.
Once underwater their hundred-ton dome designed to surround the worst leak and then allow a suction pipe to be attached, filled with frozen sludge. BP are now trying to get round that problem.
“Well, I wouldn’t say it’s failed yet. What I would say is that what we attempted to do last night didn’t work because these hydrates plugged up the top of the dome. What we’re currently doing, and expect it will probably take the next 48 hours or so, is seeing is there a way to overocme this problem?” said a company representative.
What BP is redoubling is its controlled burns of the worst slicks, or those that are closest to sensitive zones. With Alabaman beaches already being pockmarked with tar balls, and currents putting Florida at risk, time is running out for BP to bring a end to this spill before it causes significant economic and environmental damage.