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What happens if they can't stop the oil spill?

It's been almost two months, and all attempts have failed. What happens if the oil spill can't be stopped? How much oil is under there and how much longer could it continue to spew?

Anyone know?


Asked by Anonymous at 1:40 PM on Jun. 14, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (12)
  • All attempts haven't failed. The Dutch offered the US a skimmer that would remove 80% of the oil from the surface on DAY 3! If BO had taken their offer instead of sending them a letter thanking them but declining their kind offer, the oil would have continued to flow, but we would have been able to collect it. What was not skimmed would have been collected in other ways. Now, after 2 months, he is accepting their booms. What kind of idiot doesn't accept the help from a country that deals with this type of issue in the North Sea? Oh, our own home grown idiot who happens to be our president.


    Answer by jesse123456 at 4:51 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • Frankly that song about "It's the end of the world as we know it" starts playing in my head every time a question like this come up...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:43 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • It would flow for years. It will destroy the ecosystem there, and in the surrounding land / wetlands. It will kill the animals and the sea life.

    Honestly, I read an interesting article that talked about how it CAN be sealed - they need to basically go down there and blow up the well, collapsing it and some of the surrounding sea floor with it, sort of like causing a cave in, only for a well. BUT - they don't want to do this, because as it is, if they can get it under control / stop it, they still have their well, and they can still use it to pull some of the millions of gallons of oil out of it, and will get a profit from it again. (they're currently pulling oil out of it now, as well as spilling all that they are) But, if they blow it up, they don't have their well anymore, they "lose their investment", and will have to re-apply for permission for a new one.

    Disgusting and sad, isn't it?

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 1:47 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • Our oceans are fucked. Our economy is fucked longer. But BP will still post 3.5 Trillion in revenues per QUARTER.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:33 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • Wow, 2 months, definately not the longest flowing ever. Of course we will stop the oil from flowing. They have 2 wells being drilled now that will take over where the original well started. This will be done by August. Until then they are now talking about a new better top to put over the oil that is still flowing
    Sailor- you are wrong about the blowing up of the well. It hasn't been done in the ocean and it would do much more than cripple a well. They really don't know just how much of a blast would work. To little could make a worse flow. To much and many more sea creatures would be killed from the reverberations as well as the possibility of a sunami the size they can't determine.
    They are working on ending this right now what needs to be happening with haste and anyone who says differently is just wrong. The states need to be utilizing the new clean up methods people have been introducing that work for them.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 3:08 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • Did anyone watch Huckabee this weekend? He had at least 6 different guys on, who had products that would soak up the oil, who had methods to clean up the leak. And there were many more that he couldn't put on the air due to time limitations. I would think that if the pipe is not plugged, and the leak stopped soon, they might find a reason to look into some of these methods to clean up the water. I hope that someone from BP was watching.....these people cleaned the water to the point that it was drinkable.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:10 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • Halliburton was the bunch who started the leak. They do construction for BP's wells.WHo is in charge of Halliburton? Who has invested in Halliburton? I know,do you?

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:55 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • anon did you know we have Halliburton in our portfolio???? They are the best in the industry and have been for decades, that is why smart investors buy their stock.

    Perhaps if the feds were actually conducting inspections instead of sitting on their behinds................................

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 8:45 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • I don't think all attempts have failed, I think nothing is really being done about it. So many people, companies, and nations have tried to help, but our government can't be bothered to even listen to them.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:31 PM on Jun. 14, 2010

  • The Soviet Union, a major oil exporter used the nuclear option FIVE times (4 of which were successful)--the biggest undertaking was in 1966 where they used a nuclear bomb nealry twice as powerful as Hiroshima, at a depth of nearly 2 miles!  They also conducted more than 150 smaller nuclear blasts in order to create underground storage for gas or in building canals.

    Now top scientists are beginning to agree that this may be our BEST option!  Now, if only we could get past all of the political posturing!

    I understand too, that BP is aware of an oil leak about 5-7 miles away from the current one, that will make this one look like nothing! 


    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:53 AM on Jun. 15, 2010