Despite media reports Sunday morning that oil giant BP has succeeded in connecting a mile-long pipe to capture the oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, a BP spokesman said the "operation is still under way" and did not confirm the reports.http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/05/16/1632278.html
"If there is success to be claimed, you will see an announcement," spokesman David Nicholas said Sunday morning.
The effort to connect two pieces of equipment a mile below the water's surface had failed on Saturday. Workers tried again overnight, continuing into Sunday morning. It is unclear if the effort will totally cap the massive spill. The Environmental Protection Agency gave BP the go-ahead on Saturday to use dispersants, chemicals that break the oil into small droplets and keep it from rising to the surface.
Remember - - a "success" will still permit ongoing leakage in amounts greater than the original estimate of the total spill. This ongoing spill will be fought with "dispersants, chemicals that break the oil into small droplets and keep it from rising to the surface." Another word for "dispersants" is carcinogens.
The game plan is no longer to stop the leak. The plan now is to hide the leak from sight, either 5000 feet below the waves or by using odorless, colorless but dangerous chemicals.