- 11 May 2010 | Environment
In the wake of yesterday's failed attempt to place a containment dome over the breach of the Macondo well (as they are referring to it now), BP is now proposing a new idea - something called a "junk shot."
The effort quite literally involves taking junk - shredded automobile tires, golf balls and other debris - and trying to jam it into the opening of the leak to clog the flow of oil. That's all we need...an ocean full of oil and trash!
With growing acrimony over BP's handling of the spill, paired with this weekend's failure to place a dome over the leak, company officials are already acknowledging that the junk shot option offers only a marginal chance of success.
And there's also this - experts have warned that any further damage to the blowout preventer (you know, that valve that was supposed to prevent a blowout, but didn't) could cause the oil to start shooting out at up to 12 times the current rate.
Meanwhile oil continues to wash ashore along Louisiana, Mississippi, and now Alabama. Gulf-area residents can visit the Gulf Oil Spill Tracker, launched by SkyTruth, for more information about what's happening to their coast. Anyone can search the site, using an interactive map, to find reports that others have submitted, or submit their own. Reports can include text descriptions, photos, and links to video and news articles.
The Surfrider Foundation is calling on concerned citizens to get involved and send a strong message to President Obama that new offshore drilling is not the answer.