Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Gulf Oil Leak Cofferdam Goes Down At Noon

OILAlthough no one has ever used a cofferdam at the 5000-foot depth of the Gulf oil leak, the immense, four-story, 100-ton concrete box arrived this morning at the site of the insane, absurd, horrid disaster. (The current spill area and projections, as of last night, are above.) They will begin to lower the monster critter at noonish. And they "believe" that the mix of oil, gas and water can safely be separated as the cofferdam funnels the leak materials up a pipe to a ship without, you know, exploding all over. Maybe so! Meanwhile, Louisiana residents have gone on an orgy-bender of seafood ingestion, since as of pretty much immediately they won't have any anymore, and none of them will ever eat that garbage farm-raised crud that passes for shrimp.

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Baboleen (#1,430)

If you tilt your head and look at the shape of the forcast location, it looks like some creature ready to take a leak on Louisiana.

Part of the oil slick is making a break eastward toward the Florida peninsula. Godspeed rebel oil slick, godspeed.

hugesunglasses (#2,696)

I just assumed this whole problem would be solved using corn.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

It's a bit like trying to plug a .50-caliber chest wound with a bottle cap, isn't it.

I'd be stuffing my face with every half-shell and po'boy in sight too, as it seems like poor New Orleans is looking forward to a future of shit sandwiches. :(

Bittersweet (#765)

It looks like Mississippi and the Florida panhandle will be sharing that banquet. Unfortunately.

Baboleen (#1,430)

So they get the oil to a ship AND THEN WHAT!? Create ship after ship until the Gulf of Mexico is overrun by metal. Someone better be thinking this through (Oh what a novel idea.)

NinetyNine (#98)

As per the Times, the separation issue also reflects the fact that the captured oil will be refined and sold. Which is rational, but smacks of 'protect the oil!' over the gulf. I had read in a comment thread elsewhere that they could have/still could use a controlled explosion to cap the well, but if that was done, they couldn't recover any more from the site. Has anyone seen this confirmed anywhere? We keep hearing about BP doesn't want to be fully liable — are they actively holding off on a solution to stop the damage because it would adversely effect their business?

Where are our nation's celebrities and why aren't they helping with the clean-up?

Flashman (#418)

Well, corporate America is stepping up: Johnson + Johnson is donating something like 4 000 tons of factory-second Always sanitary napkins to the cleanup effort.

garge (#736)

I thought there'd be a live blog :|

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