Perhaps I’m just naive about equalizing the pressure from the oil driving up the surface and the efforts to plunge heavy mud against it until it holds the oil at bay, but I had two distinct thoughts when the explosion and resulting leak happened. The first surrounded the story of the little Dutch boy who saved Holland from disaster by plugging a hole in the dike with his finger. You see a hole with liquid gushing out and you put in a stopper. You plug a hole. However you have to do it, you plug the hole.
This led to thought #2. So why has it taken so long for this method to be engaged (which may not work because the pressure may cause a burst surrounding the current leak and create a worse leak)? The first attempts were to a) drop a cone over the leak and continue to salvage the oil; and b) to siphon the oil to the surface and salvage the oil.
The heavy mud method followed by concrete plug doesn’t salvage oil. It stops it. No oil. No money. No matter what the cost to BP for making repairs to the damages caused by the oil, if they are able to continue harvesting the money, their loss will eventually be paid for by the continued revenue stream of the oil they capture. That, in my opinion, is why the oil isn’t plugged yet. Because of money. Because future oil revenues will stop if the leak is plugged. Because the bazillions (?) of dollars of investment in a rig that exploded killing 11 men and injuring many more is a lot of money. Because money is more important to this empire than the creatures that live on it, the men and women working for the empire, or the planet we are destroying.
I’m sure many of us, with our unscientific solutions have thought of ways to stop the oil. And even if some of us may have stumbled upon a right idea, it still wouldn’t matter — because we would be thinking of how to stop the oil…not salvage the well.
The rich, rich, who have their money tied up in oil aren’t thinking about the vast destruction of marine life or of the devastation to the industries that rely on the Gulf. They are watching, with deep sadness, and possibly despair, as they see their financial portfolios take a ding as this well gets capped.
And if there REALLY is no known way to completely and effectively stop the leak, then shame on all of humanity and all the governments that lie in bed with them for allowing a company like BP to become powerful enough to build an off-shore well with no knowledge of how to protect our waters and the life that depends on them for survival.