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Oil in the Gulf

I am guessing this has been discussed a lot and I will try to find questions and answer, but could someone tell me in simple terms what is happening with it right now, what BP and the US government are doing?
I have not been following recent news so apologize if, this is starting to be boring.

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Asked by BeaMoore at 9:53 PM on Jun. 27, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • i just found a good video on yahoo telling us whats going on with it!!!!

    Answer by heyiitsang84 at 9:56 PM on Jun. 27, 2010

  • there was a spill, Obama took money from BP, played golf with the VP, and the BP guy raced on a yacht. lol, like you, i haven't watched the news lately either, this is just stuff i've heard.

    Answer by armywife43 at 9:59 PM on Jun. 27, 2010

  • Armywife, that's not fair.

    Answer by gertie41 at 11:37 PM on Jun. 27, 2010

  • There was an explosion at an oil rig. 11 men were killed and a leak began. BP cut corners and caused the problem in the first place and MANY inspections were missed. SINCE it's happened BP is STILL trying to cut corners and our govt isnt doing a hell of a lot to stop them OR to help except talk...alot. I recomend pulling up your fave news site and checking out theor coverage. CNN has this timeline that might help too



    Answer by momof030404 at 12:14 AM on Jun. 28, 2010

  • Right now there is alot of oil leaking into the gulf. It resulted from something BP did. They can't figure out how to stop the leak so people are trying to come up with solutions that BP should have had already. It is killling many animals and the amount spilling on a daily basis is substantial

    Answer by lawmom27 at 3:01 AM on Jun. 28, 2010

  • I think that armywife summed it up nicely. I would just add to that that the federal government has effectively squashed any viable plan to help clean up the spill by not approving various methods that are proven, by not giving the necessary permission to begin various ways of dealing with it, by refusing offers of help & assistance from countries who have equipment and experience in this area, by setting up a panel to investigate oil drilling that has only academicians on it and NO people who know the first thing about oil, by setting up yet more bureaucracies to deal with the effects and aftereffects of the spill.

    Answer by 29again at 3:46 AM on Jun. 28, 2010

  • The government isn't doing anything but giving people a hard time. Some guy is supposed to be figuring out how to hand out the 20 million BP set aside for peoples needs. Who knows when anyone will see any of that money.
    BP has covered the leak (though some is still flowing)and has millions of gallons of this oil going into waiting ships. They are paying many of the fishermen to help clean up the oil on the water. They are also digging 2 relief wells that will stop the flow by mid Aug.
    The states are also doing what they can on their own because Obama won't get them the help they need. Every time they start a dune or a blockade of some type the government say oh no thats not safe or right and they have to stop.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:02 AM on Jun. 28, 2010

  • Um, the oil started leaking, they got it capped which slowed it down, and then they for some reason removed the cap? so now its really pouring out again...and they are talking alot about how to stop it, but little effort has been made.

    Answer by Auntiemom410 at 10:39 AM on Jun. 28, 2010

  • They removed the cap to prepare for the storm that is brewing in the gulf. The pipeline is currently releasing 20% MORE oil then when the rig first exploded. There were a few containment ships that the captured oil was being stored on, but those are being brought to shore until after the storm passes. *here's hoping it fizzles* The storm has also halted the drilling of a relief well that is intended to relieve the pressure on the main pipe, but that won't be done until August at the earliest. (This was supposed to be drilled with the initial well)
    The current best explanation of the explosion comes from investigations of similar explosions. The drilling mud used became 'light', or was contaminated with methane, which changed the viscosity of the mud. The lower viscosity mud increased frictions, which likely caused a spark. The methane that was coming out along with the gas went up. con't.

    Answer by Jenny-talia at 10:52 AM on Jun. 28, 2010

  • typeo above gas = oil. My Bad.
    Many geologists are suggesting that this escaping methane actually is coming from a pocket of methane that is under exceedingly high pressure (100,000psi or higher) and that the drilling of the relief well may actually cause this pocket to rupture. Others have said that there are several fissures in the sea floor from this explosion, and there is a possibility that the TS coming into the gulf now (or any TS that travels the track that will take it over the spill site) will cause additional damage to what is left of the rig, plus the platform for the relief well, and cause those fissures to open, releasing both the high pressure methane as well as additional oil.

    Answer by Jenny-talia at 10:55 AM on Jun. 28, 2010

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