Gusher livecam

This should provide hours of an equal mix of horror and fascination. Good commentary can be found here and here, although none of it will make you feel better. Including the stuff about the ocean floor dropping.

Update: Here’s a more colorful one, which appears to be from a different angle.

Another update (May 25)–I swear that damn hole is sinking. Oh, then there’s this. We are in such deep shit.

Categories: Energy, Environment/Nature

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  1. I was surprised to learn a few days ago that the fed was looking into taking over the oil leakage responsibility from BP. What surprised me was that the US didn’t commandeer the platform immediately instead of letting BP “do its best” at putting its finger in the dike.

  2. Picked up on this just this morning from of all people, music blogger Bob Lefsetz.

    I keep being haunted by T.S. Eliot’s lines ending the poem “The Hollow Men”:

    This is the way the world ends,
    This is the way the world ends,
    This is the way the world ends,
    Not with a bang, but with a whimper.

  3. Yeah, I’m surprised that they’ve let this go so long. Here’s the thing, though–I’m not an engineer, but I honestly don’t know what they can do. This looks pretty horrific, and it’s a mile down, and the ocean floor is sinking, for crying out loud, which can’t possibly be a good thing.

    Jim–it’s hard to pick the right one, but that one works. Yeats’ The Second Coming, too–I think Sam had that in a post a while back. I hope everyone in the US is prepared to cut back on seafood for a few decades.

  4. My patient and logical side says to get the president to personally call on the top US citizens wherever they be employed and Pentagon folk to fix this.

    My “I want this fixed NOW, damn it!” side says to shear off the bottom of the well near the sea floor, stuff hundreds of kg of plastic explosives down a few hundred feet and go all explody.

  5. There’s actually been some discussion of that, but it’s clearly a last resort. And the reason for that is because it would wipe out BP’s investment. Can’t have that, can we?

    • Well, depending on the geology of the site, this might make things worse (more oil flowing, much harder to cap off) or fail to make things better.

  6. I do think it egregious that BP is allowed total control over the site, but I don’t see how taking over their operations, the actual work they know how to do, by others who don’t know what they’re doing, would help.

    If the floor is sinking, maybe it will collapse the fissure and stop the spill.

    I wonder what bombing an area filled with oil would do. Would the already spilled oil catch fire and then the entire surface of the gulf be ablaze?

  7. Hence the “I want this fixed NOW, damn it!” side vs. the patient and logical side.

    Farley: It looks like the WH and you are thinking along the same lines. The Coast Guard Commandant who’s the WH pointman for this said that “to push BP out of the way would raise a question: replace them with what?… We need to make sure they execute their responsibilities because they are the responsible party,” Allen said. “We are accountable from the federal government to make sure they do it.”