Saturday, July 17, 2010

Oil Leak Stopped . . . Cleanup Continues

It appears that the latest cap has stopped the leak in the gulf. At least for now with the experts continuing to monitor the situation day-and-night. Score one for BP. On the cleanup front, the giant skimmer seems to be a flop. After two weeks of testing, it has captured practically no oil. Minus one on the cleanup front. It appears that the use of dispersants has caused the oil patches -- some now as small as a kitchen table -- to be difficult for the massive ship to pick up. Maneuvering the massive vessel is also difficult in the gulf.

This is still a massive environmental disaster and the cleanup and restoration will take a long time. We don't even begin to understand the implications of the sub-surface oil on the ecology, but I'm sure it's bound to be worse than the spin masters will make it out.