Oil is continuing to leak from the scene of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig accident.
A new dome is being is being developed to trap the oil at the site of the leak for pumping to the surface, says NOAA:
The alternative is called a “top hat”. This structure plans to use warm water and methanol going down the riser to help prevent ice crystals from forming.
BP has also resumed use of dispersant chemicals at the source of the leak, in addition to their use on surface oil slicks:
“We are continuing to deploy dispersant at the seabed. It seems to be having a significant impact,” says BP CEO Tony Hayward (AFP).
AP says plans are being drawn up to split up federal oil regulator the Minerals Management Service, which it says is sometimes seen as being too “cozy with the oil and natural gas industry”:
An administration official who asked not to be identified because the plan is not yet public said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will urge that Congress approve splitting the Minerals Management Service in two. One agency would be charged with inspecting oil rigs, investigating oil companies and enforcing safety regulations, while the other would oversee leases for drilling and collection of billions of dollars in royalties.
Richard Dukas, head of Dukas Public Relations, told Reuters that Transocean, the company that owned and operated the drilling rig at the centre of the accident, should reconsider their apparent strategy of keeping tight lipped:
“You can get eviscerated in the court of public opinion just as easily as you can get eviscerated in a court of law. Sometimes if your reputation and your image have taken such a huge beating, I feel you have an obligation to your shareholders and your employees to defend yourself.”
Daily Telegraph columnist Tracy Corrigan sees bad times ahead for BP:
Like the banks, oil companies face a painful reassessment of the risks we have rather unthinkingly allowed them to run. It shouldn’t take a disaster to tell us that things are more likely to go wrong at the cutting edge of technology. But BP may turn out to be the oil sector’s Goldman Sachs: it wasn’t doing anything the others weren’t doing, but it will carry the can.
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