Trial and error in the Gulf Coast
Oil continues to spill in the Gulf Coast as operation "Top Kill" failed to plug the leak. The BP disaster has been tagged as the worst oil spill in American history. Citizens in and around the effected areas are getting tired of these failed attempts and are looking for answers.
Unfortunately the answer is there maybe oil leaking into the gulf until August and at a higher volume.
The next plan to be put into action will have robots cutting the pipe above the well head but below the break where they hope to put another cap. The hope is that by having the flat surface the cap will fit snugly and prevent most of the oil from leaking while the bulk can be siphoned to the surface. This process won't stop the leak entirely but if it works most of the oil will make it to the surface and into containers. If this plan does not work officials estimate the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico will increase by 20 per cent.
The huge amounts of pressure, the extreme cold temperatures and the lack of technology to deal with this kind of problem has lead to many trial and error projects with low success rates. All hopes seem to rest on the relief wells that won't be ready until August.
This oil spill is not only hurting the environment but also the finances of a state that has already suffered so much. Already 25 percent of the U.S, federal waters in the Gulf Coast have been closed to fishing, crippling the Louisiana fishing and tourism industries.
With hurricane season on the way the future only looks bleaker. The bad weather could push the oil slicks further inland towards Mississippi and Alabama and west towards Florida.
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