BP Keeps Failing and Problems on Land Keep Growing

This is CBS’s run-through of the failure of the “top kill” plan to stem the flow of oil in the Gulf, as well as BP’s next plan:another attempt to cap the well.  That will start in a few days. 

You’ll see some pretty clear animated graphics, followed by accounts of the continued suffering of people on the coast and the efforts to stop or clean up the oil there.  

It’s well worth watching to get the broad picture even though it omits the damage underwater and the growing feeling that the problem won’t be solved until August when the two relief wells now being drilled come into service.

36 comments

Jack T.
Jack T7 years ago

Alan Haggard: "Our federal government needs to take action. They need to deploy any and all resources necessary to contain this spill, to lay booms, skim the surface, and dredge up sand bars to protect these habitats from further contamination, and in the end, to make BP pay for the costs of this operation and pay for the costs of repairing the long-term economic and ecological damage caused by this spill."

One of the most sensible comments I have seen so far on the endless threads Care2 keep posting on this subject, Alan. The way Obama is standing back with his arms folded and expecting BP to miraculously stop the flow AND clean up at the same time when it is obvious they are not capable of doing so is plain negligence! Get all the brain and man power on the job NOW and make BP pay when everything is back to normal. I always said Obama would try to please everyone and end up pleasing no one. The man is like a rabbit in a car's headlights and is certainly not fit to be President!

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Eli Is Here
.7 years ago

I really hope they can do something before much more damage is caused.

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Alan Haggard
Alan Haggard7 years ago

In regards to this poll, I honestly believe BP is doing everything they can to cap the leak at it's source, but not much more than that.

As far as cleaning up the resulting spill, they are not doing nearly enough. To add insult to injurty, they are failing to protect the local fisherman they've hired to assist in the cleanup. These individuals are being exposed to toxic fumes from both the oil & dispersants without proper respirtory protection and are suffering because of it.

Some right-wingers have tried to lay the blame on the Obama administration. A majority of the blame should go to those responsible: BP, Deep Horizon, Haliburton, and the MMS for the lack of oversight and gross negligence.

However, the Obama administration can and should do more to protect the coast from further contamination. As of now, they're relying on BP to contain the oil spill. In principal, it's only natural tha BP should be responsible for the cleanup. Unfortunately, they have proven themselves inadequate in doing so. Our federal government needs to take action. They need to deploy any and all resources necessary to contain this spill, to lay booms, skim the surface, and dredge up sand bars to protect these habitats from further contamination, and in the end, to make BP pay for the costs of this operation and pay for the costs of repairing the long-term economic and ecological damage caused by this spill.

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Glenda L.
Glenda L7 years ago

A tragedy!!

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Mary Hunt
Mary Hunt7 years ago

I am heartbroken by this. Also outraged.

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Joy Wong
Joy Wong7 years ago

Do something before you destroy everything.

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Walter G.
Walter G7 years ago

Only one thing left to do now, circulate the lie that nasty sludge is good for the complexion, and tar-balls do wonders for the digestive system.

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Carol S.
Carol S7 years ago

They should take help from whomever can come up with a plan that might work.

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Lynn C.
Lynn C7 years ago

The oil industries arrogance and disregard for the environment is well documented. It is this, above all else, that caused the lack of preparation and even the acceptance that something could happen they wouldn't be able to hide or fix. Vast wealth and power are ingredients for corruption on a vast scale. This applies to countries and well as companies....mmmm

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Beng Kiat Low
low beng kiat7 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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