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According to AP reports, oil is now gushing into the Gulf unabated after an accident with a klutzy underwater robot has forced BP to remove the cap that was collecting at least some of the 2.5 million gallons of oil flowing into the ocean each day. Tony Hayward jokes aside … seriously, everything that can go wrong has in this situation.
Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says an underwater robot bumped into the venting system, which sent gas rising through vent that carries warm water down to prevent ice-like crystals from forming in the cap.
The cap has been removed, and crews are checking to see if crystals have formed before putting it back on. In the meantime, a different system is still burning oil on the surface.
No word on whether the underwater robot will have to apologize, but this comes on the same day that former Mississippi resident Robert Dudley is put in charge (officially) of handling the spill. Hayward must be ecstatic.
According to Chris Ruppel, managing director at an international investment bank, who’s quoted in a New York Times piece on the subject, “If Dudley handles the crisis in the gulf in an effective manner, it would put him directly in line for the top spot at BP, just as he was several years ago.”
Of course, whether BP actually exists at that point, and, if so, whether anyone wants to be in its top spot, remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, Spirit Airlines tried to have some fun with the spill, offering a “Check Out The Oil On Our Beaches” promotion. Too soon, guys. I mean, have you looked at your carbon footprint lately?