Video: OIl Spill Setback


BP says the plan to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has suffered a set back.

That plan had involved placing a massive containment dome over the gushing underwater wellhead.

The problem: a large volume of hydrates — icelike crystals that form when gas combines with water — have accumulated inside the vessel.

BP’s chief operations officer Doug Suttles told a news conference that the dome has been moved off to the side of the wellhead and is resting on the seabed while crews work try to work out what to do next.




  1. ingolfson says:

    Video doesn’t play for me on Firefox 3.6.3.

    Mmmmh, am I missing something here? If they knew this was likely to happen, why did they not include heaters?

    Also, interested that you include this in your blog, Jon. Maybe because you feel that this may be relevant to oil prices and so on? I could see that.

  2. Jon C says:

    @ingolfson Plays for me on Firefox,Chrome and Safari but must be different Firefox version. Compatibility with browsers is the bane of IT life.
    I’m worried about the effect of the oil spill on the environment and the role of big oil companies in this disaster.
    I wasn’t aware there were rules and guidelines about what I can and cant write about on my blog!

  3. ingolfson says:

    Jon, sorry if you took this wrong - I am amazed how much you post already.

    I was just wondering how you yourself see this stuff as fitting into a transport blog - if you feel that you want to include non-transport stuff, of course you can! I was just asking!

  4. Jon C says:

    Blogs reflect an individual’s particular passions and personality and occasionally stray into fringe areas.
    If I started writing about Metallica getting a second concert in Auckland you might have cause to worry but a concern about oil companies polluting the environment is something that I am passionate about, especially having spent a few weeks in that particular Louisiana region and seen the beauty that is about to get spoiled thanks to the spill.


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