The spill; ambition overtaking survival

Vicky Peláez

Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can’t eat money”—Native American Cree proverb

POWERLESS humanity is contemplating day by day the intensification of the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Fifty days have passed since the collapse of the drilling platform Deepwater Horizon, which caused the biggest oil spill of the century, and the BP Corporation has still not managed to control the situation.

In reality, regardless of existing technologies, this oil company is not making an adequate effort, such as taking the advice of Russian specialists on how to stop the leak immediately and seal the oil pipe.

What is going on is that BP does not want to lose its oil source and it doesn’t give a damn about all the contamination and death. According to BP, its last attempt to place a containment cap on the broken valves in the piping system at a depth of 1,525 meters, was successful, enabling it to recover from 5,000 to 10,000 barrels daily. However, another 15,000 barrels continues to flow from the damaged well.

With this crude technology nobody knows how much time is needed to completely control the oil spill.

BP has promised to find a solution to the problem by August and the Barack Obama administration is automatically repeating that prognosis without taking into account the magnitude of the disaster, which will probably increase with the hurricane season that generally begins in June.

Michio Kaku, the eminent U.S. physics theorist has declared that “the oil leak could last for years if the relief wells that BP are drilling fail. In this case we will have dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico that will last for years.”

British Petroleum and Barack Obama are perfectly well aware of that the technology exists to detain this type of oil leak in a few brief hours. A number of Russian scientists have advised the U.S. government to use a mini-nuclear explosion in the depths of the sea, which would move rocks and immediately cover the hole, a method with an 80% guarantee of success. The Soviets did it for the first time on September 30, 1966, at a depth of 1,200 meters and achieved their goal. Since then they have successfully repeated it on various occasions.

The Russians have made the most advances in this field and have informed BP of it, but the corporation has flatly refused to consider the idea.

The eminent Russian scientist Anatole Sagalevich, from the P.P Shirsho Oceanology Institute of the Russian Academy of Science, offered the use of his specialized personnel and MIR mini-submarines to stop the spill, but ambition can overtake reason and BP rejected the offer. Obama has remained silent.

Sagalevich said, “The problem is that we are Russians and if we go to the Gulf of Mexico with our MIRs and stop the leak, the Americans would be shown up.” These statements and the technology are well known, but Congress does not want to put them to use. Sadly, not even this drama is halting ambition.

Although for now, sea drilling has been temporarily suspended, Shell’s boats, the cause of many spills, are already stationed in Chukotsk in the Arctic Ocean, waiting for Obama’s go ahead to drill under the ice. For those rights, it will be paying $2.1 billion in rent to the government.

(Taken from the New York El Diario)

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