What sort of massive preparation did this demand that they have waited weeks for this next stunt?? Isn't the reason that they were hoping early on that the dome would allow them to contain the leak and recover the oil from the reservoir? When that didn't work, they moved on to other options but in the meantime they continued to pollute the Gulf and now it's turned into one giant tar pit. What the government should be looking at is why the top kill option was not used long ago, when the company estimated its success at 60 - 70%. If it was because of BP's profit motive, then you gotta think the company is completely negligent and really is going to be up ship creek in litigation, when they could have stopped the leak before it turned into the catastrophic environmental disaster it is now.
Only serious answers/comments please.
"If it was because of BP's profit motive, "
Explain HOW you believe BP could or could even dream of making a profit by allowing the leak/spill to continue? This well is DEAD. Once it is permanantly capped, they will not use it. They (or someone else) may drill another well into this pocket of oil, but 95% chance it will NOT be throught this well.
To answer your when wait question, this is a very complicated procedure. one that has never been done before in a very similar circumstance. There are things that have to be in place. Thngs to be studied to make sure you don't make it worse. Etc. Just one example is the "yellow boxes". These are part of the BOP operation. At least one was removed, brought to the surface, studied, repaired, and as I understand it reprogrammed to improve the chances of this top kill working.
i don't see any way BP benefits from prolonging this event/disaster. Maybe the very first couple of days when they MAYBE thought the hardware in place would fix it. But past that, I have to believe they are doing absolutely everything they can as quickly as they can (while being sure not to make it worse) to cap this.
because it takes weeks to do trials under the extreme pressures of a mile under the sea. Where is your thinking man - humans cannot even get down there. An accident occured and BP has done what it could to contain a spill which occured and is flaoting everywhere - they will get through this - a valiant effort. Top Kill tomorrow and the leak shut. Clean up complete and the stock back at 60.00 within 6 months.
1. Time to prepare the logistics
2. NO experience at these depths
3. Carries greater risk for worsening the situation
4. Not the "best idea" - Remember, they don't save their best ideas for last, hence the reason the relief wells begun drilling immediately.
They clearly experimented with harvesting the oil rather than stopping the leak. Meanwhile, why do they now have an alternate plan in case the top kill doesn't work, but they won't be ready to deploy that option for another week?!!! It's like a bunch of 5 year olds playing monopoly. All the while my front yard is about to turn into a morgue for wildlife. BP is a joke.
This is the crux. The deep drillers have no way to cope with an unexpected event. So as far as I am concerned THEY CAN'T BE ALLOWED TO DO IT.
And it doesn't mean everybody has to drive a horse to the mall.
Within North America there are more than sufficient reserves of oil and gas which are commercially viable. Tar sands and shale exploitation are not pretty either but they don't threaten to spread over vast oceans.
But only government can funnel the industry into safe channels. Government plus public opinion.
Left to itself, industry will always screw us and the the Earth in search of profit.
Yes, this takes a long time to set up and they had to test the procedure on land first, run calcs, get materials, set up everything 1 mile under water!!!!!! Not easy at all.
They tried other things first that they could try more quickly while they were prepping for this.