Wednesday, May 26, 2010

'Top kill'?

Oil engineers ran tests Wednesday and prepared for the most critical maneuver of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis: pumping mud into a damaged valve to plug the flow of oil.

The tests involved pumping drilling fluids into the massive blowout preventer that sits atop of the gushing well on the seafloor to measure pressures and other activity, according to a statement by BP, the British energy giant leading the effort.

This has never been tried before in such deep water. There's only an approximately 2 in 3 chance it will work. And, there's a slight chance it could actually increase the oil flow.

Where is our government?

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