Saturday, May 8, 2010
In the article, "Containment dome prepped over oil leak site," reported by CNN, the article described the immense effort British Petroleum (BP) is making to fix their massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP plans to drop a dome-like structure down into the depths of the ocean to try to plug up the break in the oil pipe. However, this task is easier said than done. The pipe is approximately 5,000 feet down below the surface; BP experts say that the dome works under 300 feet of pressure but they are unsure about the pressure at 5,000 feet. This oil spill is causing untold amounts of damage to the ecosystems in the Gulf and the spill is predicted to reach land in less than two weeks. BP is doing all it can with the help of the Coast Guard to try to contain and destroy the oil already spread out over miles of ocean. Some methods include air dropping dispersion chemicals over the ocean and burning off the oil. The overall cost of this containment effort is speculated to be well over $100,000,000 and all that money is coming out of the oil slick pockets of BP.