June 30th, 2010
03:41 PM ET

Video: Is BP trying to sink oil?

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Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Gulf Oil Spill
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  1. desmond

    Dispersants breaking up the oil once it is on the surface so it can more readily be biodegraded very probably makes sense. Injecting dispersant at the LMRP to disperse the oil 5000ft below the surface is yet to be proven to be the right thing to do. A far better solution could be to let the oil/gas mix that is leaking around the LMRP rise to the surface, above the wellhead, contain it there with a series of concentric circular booms, skim this concentrated oil with best, biggest skimmers in world inside the booms, transfer oil via floating hoses accross booms to tankers to go to shore facilities for dewatering & processing. This is probably a far better solution than the "let it migrate all over & try to pick it up everywhere" strategy currently being followed by BP/USCG.

    June 30, 2010 at 7:50 pm |
  2. Randy Travis

    Is CNN trying to benefit from Gulf disaster by purposely NOT providing important info such as; current pics of "Ixtoc 1" spill (then & now), "Exxon Valdez" spill (then & now), comparisons between techniques and spill amounts (then & now), "sub-surface imaging" of this well, up-to-date solutions for "containment" & why THIS is required vs plugging or capping and warnings of what IS coming, because they could effect future stories? This is not only sickening to see this happen; but worse, is to see & hear what's NOT being reported on (or followed up on) AND to have a solution with independent viabilty verification & not be able to be heard...
    "Clean-up" would be an appropriate term ONLY if the "flow" was stopped...The ONLY way to safely stop the flow at this point is to first "encase" entire LMRP all the way to the sea floor, prior to attaching a "multi-directional retreival system" on the top, so that no back pressure is created and lastly, the ONLY way for US to prepare for & remain calm during disasters, is to be told the truth NOW!

    June 30, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    Its less of an impact on the stock price if BP can spread the liability over a lot of years – profits won't go down as much; they will be able to pay dividends as usual; their tax bill will stay about the same. If, however, they have to pay it all this year, then all of it would be charged against expenses this year, the profit would be lower as would the stock price but next year they should show a better year because the oil spill expenses would be already deducted and dealt with. They can choose either approach and I'm not surprised they chose the more long lasting one – there is always the chance that at some point over a decade and a half BP can get out of paying the remainder of the costs and then they are even better off. In the end, its all about the money.

    June 30, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  4. Sarah

    Does anyone understand how it is that our government would allow BP to do this? The EPA told them to stop using Corexit over a month ago. They get to do whatever they want, but American citizens could never get away with saying no the the EPA. Why does BP, one of the least ethical companies known to man, guilty perhaps of mass murder/ecocide, get to do whatever they want in the very Gulf they just killed?

    I am so confused. Are we really run by big business? It seems obvious the small people really have no voice if it interferes with revenue for BP and the UK, US governments.

    June 30, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  5. michal avraham

    If they want to clean up the oil, the best chance is to let it float on the surface where they can get at it!

    Where is Obama and the congress? I keep getting donation requests from the democrats. I don't think so!

    The government had the power to do this right! They have the know how at their disposal. WHY DID THEY LET THIS HAPPEN?!

    June 30, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  6. Miranda

    of course they are silly as mr b said the crime scene is a mile beneath and spanning how many square miles yeah I'd say bp wants that oil to not be seen or how many dead animals that have sunk never to be seen again it's in their best interest silly Anderson tricks are for adults too 😛

    June 30, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  7. munchkin

    unbelievable. BP wants to save money. that's why they're torching turtles! and that's why they're doing everything they can to save money! they're cutting corners! saving nature should be priority! it was their own fault, i don't care if they lose money! now they're putting poisons in the water? unbelievable. why is this happening!?!??! people should do something. change the laws. get these guys in front of a judge! being rich doesn't excuse you and being a corporation doesn't mean its fatcats aren't responsible! bring them to justice! there's no excuse to let this slide.

    June 30, 2010 at 10:53 am |