Nothing Has Worked So Far But Maybe Top Kill Will
While the talking heads are yammering back and forth trying to decide whether or not the Gulf oil spill will be Obama's Katrina (if you ask me, Obama's entire term has been his Katrina), BP's mad scientists are monkeying around down there hoping to get this thing stuffed once and for all. Best of luck with that. Really.
Christian Science Monitor takes a look at what top kill really means:
The US Coast Guard has cleared BP to proceed with the “top kill” procedure that officials say is the most complex attempt yet to stop oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. The procedure is expected to begin Wednesday, though BP and the US Minerals Management Service had not announced a start time.
At its simplest, top kill involves pumping drilling mud at a rate of 40 to 50 barrels per minute to reduce the pressure of the oil’s flow, ultimately stopping it altogether. Top kills have been performed to address similar spills, BP officials say, but none has been done at 5,000 feet below the water’s surface.
“The pace at which we are doing this is unprecedented … [and] we need to be careful in terms of setting expectations,” said Kent Wells, BP's vice president for exploration and production.
In other words, don't actually bet that this will work, BP is pretty sure it won't.
We'll know by the end of the day. Who wants to put money on FAIL?