Monday, May 31, 2010

This sounds stupid

In the meantime, BP is turning to another risky procedure federal officials acknowledge will likely, at least temporarily, cause 20 percent more oil — at least 100,000 gallons a day — to add to the gusher.

Using robot submarines, BP plans to cut away the riser pipe this week and place a cap-like containment valve over the blowout preventer. On Monday, live video feeds showed robot submarines moving equipment around and using a circular saw-like device to cut small pipes at the bottom of the Gulf.

The crews will eventually cut the leaking riser and place the cap on top of it, the company hopes it will capture the majority of the oil, sending it to the surface.

"If you've got to cut that riser, that's risky. You could take a bad situation and make it worse," said Ed Overton, a Louisiana State University professor of environmental sciences.,0,7641682.story

In an attempt to stop the leak, they're going to "temporarily" make the leak "20 percent" worse.

I'm not in the oil industry.

I'm not an engineer.

But this sounds suspiciously as if they're planning to say, "The operation was a success, but the patient died".

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