BP inserts tube to avoid unstoppable oil spill drama

May 18, 2010 | Environment

BP oil spill: what now?

In the first sign of progress toward containing the oil gushing from a blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, BP engineers on Sunday inserted a tube into the leaking pipe and began siphoning some of the oil to a barge at the surface.

If it works, the inserted pipe could keep a substantial amount of the oil out of the sea. This news follows reports that scientists are finding enormous oil plumes below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots.

The discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well could be substantially worse than estimates that the government and BP have given.

So far BP has resisted pleas from scientists that they be allowed to use sophisticated instruments at the ocean floor that would give a far more accurate picture of how much oil is really gushing from the well.

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.

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