BP shifts to new strategy to cap Gulf spill
Obama says flow is ‘as enraging as it is heartbreaking’ after ‘top kill’ fails. See msnbc reports.
updated 12:30 a.m. ET May 30, 2010
ROBERT, La. – The most ambitious bid yet to stop the worst oil spill in U.S. history ended in failure Saturday after BP was unable to overwhelm the gusher of crude with heavy fluids and junk. President Obama called the setback “as enraging as it is heartbreaking.”
The oil giant immediately began readying its next attempted fix, using robot submarines to cut the pipe that’s gushing the oil and cap it with funnel-like device, but the only guaranteed solution remains more than two months away.
The company determined the “top kill” had failed after it spent three days pumping heavy drilling mud into the crippled well 5,000 feet underwater. It’s the latest in a series of failures to stop the crude that’s fouling marshland and beaches, as estimates of how much oil is leaking grow more dire.
eports just in on Irish radio speak of how the leak will become 20% worse as the next effort begins.