I can’t even keep track of which attempt this is:
An operation aimed at lessening the amount of oil gushing from an underwater well in the Gulf of Mexico was under way Tuesday, weeks after a similar effort was abandoned, a BP official said.
“We want to minimize the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, and we’re well into an operation to do that,” BP Managing Director Bob Dudley said.
Within hours, he said, robots will begin making a series of cuts to the “lower marine riser package” on the well. After that, a diamond-cut saw will be used to make a “clean cut,” preparing the way for a custom-made cap to be fitted over the package.
Asked about his level of confidence in the capping procedure, given the fact that other operations aimed at stopping the spill have failed over the past 43 days, Dudley said the company has learned a lot from previous attempts.
I’m not going to even bother crossing my fingers.