BP Oil Spill Cleanup Effort Takes A Step In The Right Direction

May 16, 2010, By Intermaggio

For nearly a month now, an oil well owned by BP in the Gulf of Mexico has been releasing thousands of barrels of oil into the open ocean. Despite their best efforts, BP have been unable to make any significant progress in stopping the flow. That is, until just a few hours ago.

The creative minds at BP have been working on overhaul to design a device to help stop the flow, and just this morning, they put their plans into action.

The idea is this: the oil is primarily spilling from a pipe that has a big leak. By inserting a smaller pipe with no leaks inside the leaky pipe, they can stop the vast majority of the oil flow. At least that’s the theory. “So far it’s working extremely well,” according to the VP of BP, Kent Wells. He believes that although the results wont be entirely clear for another few days, it’s at least a step in the right direction.

There are still significant amounts of oil leaking from the rig, and there’s a lot of work to be done to clean up what’s already been spilled, and prevent future leaking.

What are your best oil spill clean-up ideas?

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