May 13, 2010 – British Petroleum (BP) announced yesterday that despite cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, oil flow will resume as soon as leaks are stopped.
As the company attempts once again to cap the broken pipe, BP said the new “top hat” containment box method is largely experimental, and that success cannot be guaranteed because the procedure is taking place a mile below the ocean’s surface.
The top hat is designed to eliminate clogs in the pipe by injecting a mixture of hot water and methanol to prevent crystallization in the line, which is what caused the first containment box to malfunction.
Environmental experts have expressed concerns that the dispersants used by BP to break down the oil in the water could expose marine life and work crews to toxic substances. The company has reportedly used 350,000 gallons of the dispersant so far, while the EPA is preparing to review test results to determine the potential danger of the chemicals.
It has also been alleged that cost-cutting measures by BP, which left the Deepwater Horizon rig largely unattended at the time of the explosion, may have played a major role.
Since the explosion three weeks ago, nearly 4 million gallons of oil have been leaked into the Gulf of Mexico. It has been estimated that the spill could outstrip the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska.
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