I had high hopes for the so called “top kill”. An end to the leak would mean that things can only get better from here on, that the beginning of the end has started. But no, it was not to be.
Here are a few bits and bobs I’ve run across this weekend:
This disaster (and the failed solutions attempted) is practically a re-run of an incident in 1979, when oil leaked for several months. Except that one was in 200 feet of water, not 5,000.
Our technology for getting oil out has improved since then, but not the technology for cleaning up spills.
A diver goes underwater to see what’s not visible from the surface.
It seems that the unprecedented amount of dispersants being used are having the effect of hiding a lot of the spill just beneath the surface.
According to Wikipedia, on May 28th “the government increased its official estimate to 12,000–19,000 barrels (500,000–800,000 US gallons; 1,900,000–3,000,000 litres) a day.”.
Renowned Marine Biologist Carl Safina on the BP Oil Spill’s Ecological Impact on the Gulf Coast and Worldwide:
http://theoildrum.com/ has been an incredible source of deeply technical discussion about events as they have unfolded. Highly recommended.
The #oilspill twitter hashtag has been informative too.
Although this has been going for over a month now, I’m still struggling to make sense of what it all means. There is a lesson here, a real big one and it applies to all of us. But I can’t quite articulate it. Help me out?