Underwater footage of the Gulf of Mexico oil leak shows the plume getting darker – suggesting heavier, more polluting oil, is pouring out.
it comes as BP gears up for another bid to plug the leak, five weeks after the disaster.
If this procedure, called “top kill”, joins the list of failed attempts, the U.S. government may be forced to take overall charge of the operation.
Despite frustration with BP, the government is almost entirely reliant on the energy giant’s deep water technology:
“We are now having to do a thorough review to see how it is that oil companies can say they they know how to handle these problems when it turns out actually that they don’t” said Obama.
Millions of gallons of crude oil are gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, endangering wildlife and the livelihoods of local fishermen.
BP is in a race against time to save the unique ecosystem and lucrative local industries.