Crews were building a containment dome, a 4-story, 70-ton structure that the company plans to lower into place over one of the three leaks to catch the escaping oil and allow it to be pumped to the surface.
That’s what the NY Times report, BP Readies Dome to Contain Spill states.
(Photo from jenny)
This oil spill blows my mind. How are we going to fix this?
Just a few weeks ago I was reading in disgust about the freighter that left more than a mile of the Great Barrier Reef scarred. It was over 10 miles outside of the shipping lanes. So much for taking a “shortcut” through one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems!
For this catastrophe, they’re also thinking about creating a “shut off” valve. Huh? Why didn’t they have this thing to begin with?
“The company took their chances in not having the valve so they could save money,” said Mike Papantonio, one of the lawyers representing the shrimpers and fishermen.