Oil spills being what they are – blights on the Earth – I have to say that watching the action almost 5,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico has become something of a ritual for me.
As I sit here right now, a wire-cutting machine is making its way through the riser tube on the top of the blowout preventer. And through the cut that is being made, an absolute torrent of oil is coming forth.
Just a couple minutes ago @ 11:07PM:
You can see the oil starting to gush out past the wire into the coin-slot that has been cut. It looks to be under rather high pressure.
The notch hasn’t been cut much further in by now, but you can see that the amount of oil forcing itself out has increased dramatically. And all this while the broken part of the riser continues to gush at seemingly the same rate as before.
One gets the sense that cutting off that kinked pipe is going to release an absolute torrent of oil, and they had better have that cap ready to go or this is going to be really, really bad.
Even worse now.