AirTalk for August 4, 2010

BP static kill working and 75% of the oil contained – too good to be true?

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Ships work near the site of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on August 3, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. BP is to begin plugging the damaged oil well today with a 'static kill', by pumping mud into it. A new estimate puts the total amount of oil leaked into the Gulf at 205.8 mill

This morning White House energy adviser Carol Browner announced that 75 percent of the oil spilled into the Gulf has disappeared. But where did it all go? According to Browner, “Mother Nature has done her part,” and the majority of oil has either evaporated or naturally disintegrated by waves and bacteria. BP also reported this morning that their “static kill” efforts of pumping heavy mud into the well to plug the leak are working and could stop the leak permanently within a few days. The construction of their relief well could be completed within the next two weeks. Has all the oil in the Gulf of Mexico really been accounted for and will BP’s new recovery efforts be successful?


Jim Tankersley, Energy and Environmental Policy Reporter for the L.A. Times and the Chicago Tribune

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