” After three full days of attempting top kill, we have been unable to overcome the flow from the well.”
– Doug Suttles, COO, Global Exploration, BP
Top Killing the well (btw, a method only tested in porn) by shooting thick mud into it was a bad idea and had a pretty low likelyhood of sucess. BP has got to go down their environmental and profit protection plans, though. We’ve seen domes and hats and siphons and now cum shots mud shots in BP’s slow progression tword reluctantly capping a well that they had hoped to continue using. We now know that within the first week of the spill BP was more concerned with not being able to continue to use the well rather than stopping the spill. So, they initally put themselves first and the environment and Gulf second. Yes, the last thing ANYONE wants is for you to have to destroy a “perfectly good well” to prevent a global crisis. That was some solid quick thinking in the face of disaster, BP!
Plus, Surprise! It isn’t just 5,000 barrels per day leaking 5,000 feet below the Gulf, but much much more, and conservative estimates have two million barrels on the way to the Florida Keys, over to Cuba’s pristine coral reefs, and already covering 65 miles of Louisiana shoreline.
And now they say the NEW solution will likely have the leak slowed down, but still leaking ALL SUMMER LONG.
Another thing for us to keep in mind….Boycotting BP:
Alot of youngsters have been protesting BP at their gas stations, etc. I think this is more damaging to the franchisee rather that the corporate giant, but I get why it should be done. They are pushing the products of a company that should be avoided and if we all (or some of us) go to another provider it may send a message. Therefore its important that we all remember that BP sells products under the following names if your are choosing to boycott:
First, look for the helios symbol, the green and yellow sunflower pattern similar to the emblem of the Green Party of Canada. Ironically, they changed their logo to this to highlight the company’s interest in alternative and environmentally friendly fuels. Fuckwads.
BP and BP Amoco (Amoco changed its name to BP in 2000, but there are still some out there)
ARCO (is BP’s retail brand on the US West Coast in the seven Western States of California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, and Utah.)
Castrol (the brand of motor oil and other lubricants which is entirely a BP brand but tends to retain its separate identity.)
If you feel strongly about this situation in the Gulf, or are just pissed that your shrimp cocktail will now cost $500 when you’re on vacation this summer, then you might consider avoiding the BP brands. Yes, yes, before some of you jump all over me….I do realize the fact that boycotts of oil companies seldom have an impact on their bottom lines….and the point is that human error can lead to disaster on any oil rig, owned by any company, at any time…its not like BP planned this. But they are effing up the clean-up effort and that pisses people off and makes them feel the need to do something.