BP Tries Another Method to Cap Oil Spill in Gulf

After a frustrating and fruitless Memorial Day weekend, BP has announced that it will attempt a new method to stop the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This new method may initially cause more oil to gush into the Gulf but British Petroleum officials believe the method has a 60-70% chance of success. Previous attempts at stopping the environmental disaster has failed miserably. BP’s latest attempt, the “top kill” method failed and was abandoned over the weekend.
The new method involves removing damaged pipe from a leaking well off the Louisiana coast. BP’s latest efforts focus on capturing the spilled oil until it can drill two relief wells to permanently halt the spill.
Meanwhile, criticism and political pressure continues to mount in Washington. President Obama plans to meet today with former Florida Senator Bob Graham who is co-chairing a commission investigating the cause of the BP oil spill.
As government officials sift through British Petroleum documents, the news continues to be bad for the oil company. The Wall St. Journal is reporting today that BP sought 3 permit changes the week prior to the oil rig explosion. According to the WSJ, the three permits which were submitted in the span of 24 hours were quickly granted by the Minerals Management Service. One of the permits may have increased the chances of the blowout on April 20.
The NY Times reported over the weekend that there were serious safety concerns with the Deepwater Horizon rig far earlier than those described to Congress last week. The earlier problems involved safety concerns with the well casing and the blowout preventer, two key elements that triggered the oil rig explosion.