July 20th, 2010
02:15 PM ET

BP’s trial & error: What’s worked and what hasn’t

[Updated 10:25 a.m., Aug. 6]

With oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for almost three months, every attempt to stop the leak has failed, or fallen short - until now. Oil finally stopped gushing from the well on July 15. We look back at how we ended up here: what BP has tried and done so far.

July 20, 2010

Solution: Static Kill
Scientists are weighing a new option called  "static kill” for permanently sealing it. The "static kill" would involve pumping mud into the well to force oil back into the reservoir below. This is similar to the "top kill" method that failed earlier (see below), except that now the oil isn't flowing - hence the word "static."

Read more on static kill at Time.com

Engineers are proceeding with the relief wells that eventually will pump concrete into the well bore to kill it from the bottom. A static kill, if pursued, would hit it from the top.

BP noted that the option could succeed where other similar attempts have failed because pressure in the well is lower than expected. Geologist Arthur Berman tells CNN's "American Morning" the relative simplicity of the static kill makes it an attractive option for BP.

BP finished pouring cement down the well on Aug. 6, completing the job earlier than expected. The process took six hours. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said the cementing phase of the "static kill" operation is not the end of the process, "but it will virtually assure us there's no chance of oil leaking into the environment."

July 10, 2010

Solution: New better-fitting containment cap
BP said it was going to remove the old containment cap, replacing it with another that has a better fit. Robots removed six giant bolts from the apparatus July 11 so the new cap could be positioned.

Scientists will then be able to gauge the pressure inside the well and determine whether the cap is holding in the oil or if crews will need to continue siphoning oil.

BP says it will conduct a “well integrity test,” which involves closing the stack end and stemming the flow coming from the well.

If it works, oil collection via the vessels, Q4000 and Helix Producer, will cease. BP will then close in on the perforated pipe. This process, which will be done in collaboration with U.S. government officials, could take up to 48 hours.

In the best-case scenario, the containment cap would have the ability to actually close down the valves and slowly contain all the oil – not plug the well.

If oil collection was still necessary, over the next two to three weeks, 60,000 to 80,000 barrels (2.52 million to 3.36 million gallons) a day could be collected as part of the containment process, BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells said. That's because the containment cap would allow four collection ships to access the well, rather than the maximum of three allowed by the old cap.

The oil giant said earlier as well that the cap "should improve containment efficiency during hurricane season by allowing shorter disconnect and reconnect times."

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said he approved the cap-switch plan to take advantage of favorable weather predicted for coming days and because, once the switch is complete, the resulting capacity to contain oil "will be far greater than the capabilities we have achieved using current systems." Allen also stressed that once the capping device is on, "we would get the most accurate flow rate to date."

The oil stopped gushing out on the afternoon of July 15 -  the first time BP has been able to gain control since the the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded three months ago and triggered the catastrophe.

The "well integrity test" began on July 15 after two days of delays, first as government scientists scrutinized testing procedures and then as BP replaced a leaking piece of equipment known as a choke line.

BP cautioned that the oil cutoff, while welcomed, isn't likely to go beyond the 48 hours. Valves are expected to open after that to resume siphoning oil to two ships on the surface, the Q4000 and Helix Producer, as government and BP officials assess the data and decide what to do next.

As of July 19, testing on a capped oil well in the Gulf of Mexico continues as the federal government says BP has addressed questions about a seep near the well. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's response manager for the oil spill, says that a federal science team and BP representatives discussed the seep during a conference call, including the "possible observation of methane over the well."

See progress on relief wells

June 16, 2010

Solution: Second containment system
BP said Wednesday it has started collecting oil gushing into the Gulf through a second containment system attached to the ruptured well. The new system is connected directly to the blowout preventer and carries oil up to a second ship, the Q4000. The Q4000 uses a specialised clean-burning system to flare oil and gas captured by this second system. The Q4000 uses a specialised clean-burning system to flare oil and gas captured by this second system.

This second system supplements the lower marine riser package (LMRP) cap containment system, which remains in operation, BP said. The new system is connected directly to the blowout preventer and carries oil and gas through a manifold and hoses to the Q4000 vessel on the surface.

Oil and gas collected from the blowout preventer reached the Q4000 at approximately early on June 16. Operations continue to stabilise and optimise the performance of the second containment system.

See progress on the relief wells

June 3, 2010
Solution: An altered version of "cut and cap"
BP went back to the drawing board June 3 and planned to cut away the remains of the damaged riser pipe with a robotic-arm shearing device. A containment dome would then be put over the blowout preventer's lower marine riser package, but the larger, less precise shearing device will have left a rougher cut than what the diamond wire cutter was supposed to offer.

The more primitive cut means that a rubber seal will not be as tight as previously hoped, so the dome may capture less of the oil. Nevertheless, the hope is that a good amount of the oil can be captured and brought to the surface until August, when BP is expected to be ready to use a relief well to seal the leaking well for good.Outcome
BP sliced off the remains of the damaged riser June 3, and Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's response manager, called the news "extremely important." Robot submarines steered the new cap to the well later that evening. The cap placed over the top of the well funnels oil and gas to a surface ship, though oil is still spilling out from the cap and the valves.

On June 7, BP says that it has closed one of four vents on top of the cap, and that the process is working well. The company says it may not close all four of the valves because engineers think the valves may be releasing more gas than oil.

On June 10, scientists said as much as 40,000 barrels of crude are gushing into the sea every day. The previous estimate by researchers, made two weeks ago, was 12,000 to 19,000 barrels per day.

BP has collected about 73,300 barrels (about 3 million gallons) of oil since it placed a containment cap on its ruptured well, the company said.

June 1, 2010
Solution: "Cut and cap"

BP plans to send marine robots that will cut the "lower marine riser package,” or LMRP, on the well. This is a set of pipes that connect the oil well’s blowout preventer to the damaged pipe. After that, a diamond-cut saw will be used to make a "clean cut," preparing the way for a custom-made cap to be fitted over the package. One of a number of caps that BP has available, depending on the cut, will be placed over the package to bring the oil and gas to the surface.

The operation represents the first of three containment steps that BP plans to take. After the cap is on, a second operation will create a second flow through the blowout preventer, meaning there will be two channels of oil leaking to the surface.

When asked about his level of confidence in the capping procedure, given the fact that other operations aimed at stopping the spill have failed, BP Managing Director Bob Dudley said the company has learned a lot from previous attempts. For instance, warm water will be pumped down in an effort to combat the formation of hydrates, or crystals, that blocked a previous containment vessel.

While the engineering has never been attempted at a depth of 5,000 feet, Dudley said, it is "more straightforward" than that used in previous operations. The cap "should be able to capture most of the oil," Doug Suttles, chief operating officer of BP's global exploration and production business said. However, he cautioned that the new cap will not provide a "tight mechanical seal."

If successful, the procedure will allow BP to collect most, but not all, of the oil spewing from the well. The cutting that precedes the cap placement carries with it a risk of increasing the oil flow, Dudley acknowledged. But "even with increased flow rate, this cap will be able to handle this." However, the BP statement said, "systems such as the LMRP containment cap have never been deployed at these depths and conditions, and their efficiency and ability to contain the oil and gas cannot be assured."

BP's effort to slice off a damaged riser pipe stalled after the blade of a diamond wire saw got stuck June 2. The diamond wire cutter plan was dumped after the device got stuck midway through the pipe. It was freed and taken to the surface.

May 28, 2010
Solution: “Junk shot”
This method involves debris such as shredded tires, golf balls and similar objects being shot under extremely high pressure into the blowout preventer in an attempt to clog it and stop the leak. Engineers at BP used this technique along with the top kill.

What was expected
"Each of these [materials] has been proven to fill various-sized spaces in the blowout preventer until the flow is stopped," BP says in a statement on its website. "While there is no known perfect 'recipe,' a number of combinations of materials will be used." More drilling mud would follow the junk shot, with the hope that the two methods together would stop the oil long enough for cement to be poured into the well. BP’s Suttles compared the operation to stopping up a toilet.

Did it work?
This one failed, too. The process was carried out "a number of times" with the U.S. Coast Guard before the oil giant admitted that the experiment had failed, BP press officer Sheila Williams said. Engineers first used the junk shot to quell the 1991 Kuwait oil fires, but never at such depths. "I don't think we'll be using golf balls again," Williams said.

May 25, 2010
Solution: "Top kill"
The top kill involves pumping heavy drilling fluid into the head of the leaking well at the sea floor. The manufactured fluid, known as drilling mud, is normally used as a lubricant and counterweight in drilling operations. The hope is that the drilling mud will stop the flow of oil. Cement then would be pumped in to seal the well. The first round of pumping began May 26.

Top kill has worked on above-ground oil wells in the Middle East but has never been tested 5,000 feet underwater. BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward has given the maneuver a 60 percent to 70 percent chance of success.

A team of experts will examine conditions inside the five-story blowout preventer to determine how much pressure the injected mud will have to overcome. The company then performs diagnostic tests to determine whether the procedure can proceed.

Three days of work involving three separate pumping efforts and 30,000 barrels of mud – along with what Hayward described as "16 different bridging material shots" – just didn't do the trick.

"We have not been able to stop the flow," a somber Suttles told reporters. " ... Repeated pumping, we don't believe, will achieve success, so we will move on to the next option." Suttles and other officials said that the top kill attempt to stop the flow did so – but only as long as they were pumping. When the pumping stopped, the oil resumed its escape.

May 14, 2010
Solution: Riser insertion tube
The riser insertion tube tool is a temporary solution that involves inserting a 4-inch-diameter tube into the Deepwater Horizon’s rise, a 21-inch diameter pipe, between the well and the broken end of the riser on the sea floor.

The insertion tube connects to a new riser to allow hydrocarbons to flow up to the Transocean Discoverer Enterprise drill ship. The oil will be separated and shipped ashore.

This seems to be the most successful effort thus far in containing some of the spill. The system was able to capture some of the leaking oil and pipe it aboard a drill ship, burning off some of the natural gas released in the process, according to a statement from the joint BP-Coast Guard command center leading the response to the oil spill.

The flow rate from the tube reached 3,000 barrels of crude (126,000 gallons) and 14 million cubic feet of gas a day as of May 20. BP’s Suttles said the company is "very pleased" with the performance of the tube. However, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana says the efforts haven't stopped oil from reaching his state's coastline.

May 12, 2010
Solution: Second containment dome or “top hat”
The "top-hat" cofferdam is a 5-foot-tall, 4-foot-diameter structure that weighs less than 2 tons and would be injected with alcohol to act as an antifreeze and keep its outlet clear.

BP built the smaller dome after the containment vessel, designed to cap the larger of two leaks in the well, developed glitches. The new device would keep most of the water out at the beginning of the capping process and allow engineers to pump in methanol to keep the hydrates from forming, BP's Suttles said. Methanol is a simple alcohol that can be used as an antifreeze.

BP abandoned the idea of using the “top hat” and opted to proceed with an insertion tube technique instead. It wasn’t clear why BP made that choice.

May 7, 2010
Solution: First containment dome
BP lowered a massive four-story containment vessel over the well to cap the larger of two leak points. The hope was that the container would collect the leaking oil, which would be sucked up to a drill ship on the surface.

"If all goes according to plan, we should begin the process of processing the fluid and stop the spilling to the sea," Suttles said. But the method had not been done at such depths before.

The plan was thwarted after ice-like hydrate crystals formed when gas combined with water to block the top of the dome and make it buoyant. The dome was moved off to the side of the wellhead and is resting on the sea floor, Suttles said. He declined to call it a failed operation but said, "What we attempted to do ... didn't work."

May 4, 2010
Solution: Drilling a relief well
The second well joins the failed well at the bottom, in rock 13,000 feet below the ocean. Once contact is made, drilling fluid and concrete will be put into the first well.

This will lower the pressure on the failed well, enough to allow a concrete plug to be placed into it and permanently shut it down. The relief well could also be used for future oil and gas production. BP began drilling the second well this month, but it will take three months to complete. Weather conditions could prolong the process, Beaudo said.

The well is expected to be completed by August. It would be a permanent solution to cap the leaking well.

End of April
Solution: Robots to shut blowout preventer
The rig’s blowout preventer, a 48-foot-tall, 450-ton apparatus that sits atop the well 5,000 feet underwater, failed to automatically cut off the oil flow after the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig. BP attempted to use remote-controlled submarines with robotic arms to reach access portals and activate the valve.

The highly complex task was to take 24 to 36 hours, said Doug Suttles, chief operating officer of BP's global exploration and production business.

Failed. "We've tried many different ways. Some things have showed promise; some haven't," BP spokesman Daren Beaudo said. "We don't know why the remote-operated shutdown systems haven't worked."

Testing on a capped oil well in the Gulf of Mexico continues for another day as the federal government says BP has addressed questions about a seep near the well. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's response manager for the oil spill, says that a federal science team and BP representatives discussed the seep during a conference call, including the "possible observation of methane over the well."

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  1. Wakulla Dave

    Heard Rob Marcianno CNN this AM say he had recovered an oily plastic bottle from the beach. He called BP and ask what he should do. They told him to throw it back onto the beach that THEY would come pick it up. Rob said thats what he did , "Like we were told"
    What's that number for BP , I can't wait for them to tell me to throw a piece of trash or garbage back onto the beach , so I can tell them where to go to pick it up.

    June 4, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James Hazell

    Why can't they drill parallel to the main shaft down to 3/4 the depth and load in a percussive load into the pipe seal it and blow it??

    The fact that they can't seal the hole or load materials or a cap I understand. But if they collapse the pipe by causing a blast deep in the crust near to the blown shaft they will not have a catastrophic expansion of the oil release and the load on the fissure should provide the needed pressure and closure to contain the flow. If there is any additional release the pressure levels would be greatly diminished and should be easier to deal with. I know its a kilometer and a half down but they drilled it before and they haven't got a better plan.

    James in Vancouver

    June 4, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ellie

    Is there another oil company with the know-how to fix deep water disasters like this? May be they can help. If not, why is our government allowing big oil to drill without a disaster preparedness/ containment plans.

    June 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Architect

      Your point is poignant and one that "we the people" must not let go unanswered.

      June 9, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. sohale sharif

    Dear Sir
    To clean oil spots from the sea,
    The best way is rent fishing boats. Each two boats can carry tube fabric floating oil at sea level must collect.
    With the help of the boats floating oil can be collected near the coast and floating in tanks by ships that are towed will pump.
    Using military ships to the sea can be the operation of offshore well done.
    Rental fishing boats and causes participation of ordinary people to pressure the government largely reduced.
    Thus, the possibility of cleaning the sea level of oil will provide separate spots were.
    Disadvantages and problems:
    This high volume for rent fishing boats need to coordinate system of government is
    Preparation of floating tanks + pump oil from sea level into the tanks + Buy floating tanks and pipes to collect oil from sea level
    May be difficult.

    Contain oil well
    Metal Network can be inside the cone with cloth cone resistance level has been created (with a radius of about 5 to 10 meters) over the thin fabric of a long tube that has continued until the water level has been connected ( is sewn) be used.
    This set of four towboat can Bryh place and connect it with cable below sea level on the well placed and eventually be sent down.
    To ensure that the weight set down cones for the opening and establishment of appropriate wells, these ships can be connected via cable to the cone weights lead down to send.
    When the complex network of metal and fabric on the funnel openings were well cement can be pumped around the cone mouth opening while sealing the well network weight metal also increased.
    When the collection be placed on the mouth of the well, you can head cloth tube that by this time a string is attached to the tow boats pulled from the water with or without pumps and tanks to be connected vessels.
    With Best Wishes
    Soheil Sharif

    June 5, 2010 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Zach

    They should force something like sand, which already exists deep beneath the sea, down the site to slow the gushing oil. This should give a limited time to put the cap on and secure it. Sandbags do not necessarily need to be used to slow the gushing oil, but it just seems like a logical solution.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Codifex Maximus

    An idea to cap an undersea oil well.

    Let's see, some of BP's ideas haven't worked because the aromatics are reacting with sea water and freezing. Why not inject sea water into the well and have it freeze? Maybe even insert a refrigeration probe to help it along. If they were then to constrict the orifice a bit even better. Later, once a proper cap is on the well, then heat it up to free the plug and get the crude flowing again.

    June 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe Architect

    Dear BP President/CEO and COO,

    I am an architect and have been thinking about this problem since seeing the 60 Minutes' interview with the rig's chief electrician, Mike Williams.

    On a much smaller scale, I have learned from the school of hard knocks that sometimes people closest to the problem are not able to "see the forrest for the trees," so to speak. I happened to be new to a work team and was able to solve a year-old problem that no one in two offices had resolved- all the while, the client, developer and firm were all losing money and valuable time. The solution was found by asking lots of questions, searching through drawings, going back over the history of the project and talking to the key decision-makers, including the City officials who'd approved and, in some cases, redlined/disapproved certain key items preventing our attaining a building permit. It turned out to be a simple case of the work-team in another city not ever receiving the redlined drawings from the City official; therefore, they kept submiting drawings without responding to the City official's comments. And simple things were missed.

    Perhaps you've already done this. If not, here is my suggestion: bring in the best minds from Halliburton or Schlumberger, Shell, or Exxon, and appoint a team of critical experts (made up of phyisicists, mechanical engineers, structural engineers, architects, NASA engineers, oceanic engineers, marine biologists, any deepsea exploration experts, and your firm's most open-minded, and some perfectionisict/overly critical thinkers and get them to:
    1. Research what went wrong
    2. Understand how to solve the problem- detail all of the factors, such as:
    a. the force of the flow of oil vs the pressure of the gas spewing out of the unruly hole
    b. the conditions at the ocean floor, the water temperature, the lay of the land
    c. what equipment works underwater at that deep level
    d. what chemicals work best at that water temp and level
    e. Structurally, what can be done to secure the well?
    3. Solve the problem by designing several possible solutions and run them by the design critique team.

    Here's a solution I think might work, not sure though:

    Would it be possible to drill a wider concentric pipe (encompassing the existing well diameter- which is unclear to me what size it is...the info above suggests it's 22" diam., yet the blowout preventer dimensions were quite large). Give the force of the oil and gas, I'm not sure your equip could safely insert another, larger diameter pipe around the existing one, but if it can be done, why not do that?

    To me, the notion of capping a gushing, forceful well seems counter-intuitive. It seems akin to trying to stop a hurricane using some big fans. So, I don't understand how that could work in the first place. I'm not quite sure I understand how a Blowout Preventer would be able to do it's job either. Who designed such a device? Has one ever been forced to be used?

    Also, if you're able to drill the other two backup, relief wells, why not drill a concentric well ontop of the existing one?

    As I understand it, you're bringing in a temporary floating well today. If I may ask, why wasn't this done within the first week of the explosion? It sems to me that this would have been step 1, or step 2 in the resolution.

    To continue with my solution suggestion: if it's possible to drill a concentric well- or place some form of huge structural steel flat caissons forced into the ocean floor just deep/shallow enough to provide an albeit loose connection for another, wider diameter pipe to fit over the whole mess; then, this pipe could vent the methane (or whatever natural gas is coming up) to the top, and you could run other lateral pipes into the body of the long, 5-mile verical riser pipe and get possibly 3-5 access points from which to allow the oil to then be siphoned to ships awaiting at the surface of the sea.

    Also, what about employing the use of NAVY submarines to check or even assist in some of the deepwater operations? I have no idea to what depth such a sub can go....thus the need for the experts listed above.

    Well, those are my thoughts for now.

    I wish you Godspeed in reaching a solution asap.

    I hope something one of us here has said has possibly sparked a new idea or thought for your design team. Keep us posted.

    Sincerely yours,
    A concerned architect, mom, and Gulf Coast resident

    June 9, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe Architect

      Note: edit to above- I meant to refer to the new floating "well" as the new floating rig.

      And I meant to refer to the caissions as deep sheet pilings that can be drilled into the seabed most likely by the same or similar method as the one used to drill the pipe down into the first hole.

      June 9, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joe Architect

    Where did everybody go? Must be some other, more current blog where everyone's discussing this.

    Since I'm here, I'd like to note that the latest spill cam video live feed shows a very clear image of the gusher. It looks like yellow and orange flames are coming out on occasion, too. Did anyone else notice that?

    I'm losing patience with both the government's reponse and BP's failure to act. I wonder what they'd be doing differently if such a thing were happening off the coastline of England?

    I agree with James Carville (sp)- start arresting people and hire someone COMPETENT to do the job.

    God help us. This mess is really out of control.

    June 10, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • s

      Let us put this all in perspective. Exxon has been getting away with major oil leak in South America for 20 years! – See the movie Crude. Exxon was fined 27 billions dollars and have yet to pay ONE single penny – nor is it spending any money to clean up. In Africa, oil fields have leaked for the past 20 years also, and the amount of oil leak per year is equal to the Exxon oil leak in Alaska. Somehow if the leak is not at our door steps then we don't even pay attention.

      Again, watch the movie Crude or simply Google "Africa oil leak" or "Nigeria oil leak" – here's one link http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/30/oil-spills-nigeria-niger-delta-shell

      BP is certainly to blame but thus far it has spent 3.5 billions on clearn up and put up a 20 billions fund to make people whole. There are 7,000 vessels and 45,000 people working on the ground to clean this up. I am not defending BP – just want to point out 2 things – First, there are major oil leaks around the world which are still going on right now, not capped or anything, and we need to give those leaks equal attention. Second, we need to get off this habit of fossil fuels. It is just going to be more and more difficult to get to new oil and regardless how much safety processes we put in, it is just another disaster waiting to happen. So, I guess one more point to make: third, we really need to stop this deep sea drilling – which of course, the industry is lobbying hard to go back to business as usual.

      July 17, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. damiao

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com thank you for visit and spread it overseas...

    June 11, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. zoya zak

    This is what makes me sad. We can send men to moon and rockets to mars but we are not able to cap a tiny pipe on our planet. This makes me very sad.

    June 11, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. HOTCO

    It is reported that approximately 30,000 API B/D of oil is still escaping while 15,000 – 20,000 B/D is being collected.
    The first collection dome, which reportedly failed because of hydrate blockage, was too small. To contain a spewing out-flow of up to 50,000 B/D net oil along with the produced water and gas, the dome should be at least 40' diameter x 300' tall.
    Large enough and strong enough to absorb the energy of the gushing flow and accommodate the hydrates with internal structures to divert and stratify the oil water and gas inside the container, with the de-oiled water settling into the ocean and the oil and gas delivered to the surface in separate conduits with control valves and sensors to control the depth of the gas pad and the oil pad inside of the containment vessel. There should be conduits from the surface to inject hydrate inhibitors, de-emulsifying chemicals and/or hot fluid. The dome will need to be heavy enough to remain "sunk" as the collection of gas and oil inside create bouyancy. If there is no way to now utilize such a container on this blow-out, something similar should be built to have on hand for the future.

    June 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael Monterey California

    Does anybody other than me wonder why the footage of the oil gusher is not shown at 30 fps or higher and in high resolution? I know the technology is available which leads me to suspect..............

    "Money talks but how often does it tell the truth?" – MMC

    July 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Earth

    This is a Global Disaster. Stop being cynical about the Iranians and take their help. They are experts in this subject whether or not the US government agrees. Let political ego not compromise the interest of the ordinary Americans and the humanity at large.

    By refusing or rather not even acknowledging the help offered by Iran, the crisis is not going to be resolved anyways. It’s only worsening by the hour. The relief well and dispersents and etc etc are all lies. Neither US government nor BP knows wat to do about the leak. Eventually Mr. Prseident may decide to nuke the well. But that's even worse than the leak. The Gulf coast and its ecology would change for the next 10000 yrs if nuked. If the oil spill reached the northern parts of the Atlantic, it could disrupt the flow of ocean currents thereby adding to the global warming effects viz. El Nino, hurricanes etc.
    If the well is nuked, it will destry all ocean life in the gulf of mexico. So, the only logical way out is to take foreign help from nations that have the necessary skill, be it the enemy, for the greater good of humanity.

    The help offer by Iran is so strictly censored by the government that not even the so-called free press/media is talking about it.

    For more information Visit http://www.presstv.ir

    July 13, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. Earth

    IRAN most certainly has the skills required for this kind of operation. Truly, we are too obsessed with Israel, blinded and drugged, so as not to distinguish between friends and foes.

    Let the Heavens above and Earth below shower their blessings on us so that we may rid ourselves of Zionist thoughts and feelings.

    Go ahead Mr. Obama and take help from Mr. Ahmedinejad before the oil reaches the shores of Manhattan

    July 13, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. Earth

    US is so obsessed with Israel that it can see nothing beyond. Not even nations who want an opportunity to be friends of America.
    That be the case, Iran does not get any audience with the US government, media and planners.
    Otherwise, no wise government or nation would refuse Iranian help in containing this oil spill disaster.

    Iranians are willing to help. Are Americans willing to be friends?

    July 13, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
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