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Another try with the tube to stop Gulf oil,Video News

May 16, 2010 by Post Team 

Another try with the tube to stop Gulf oil:(CNN) – Efforts continued early Sunday to insert a tube a mile long on a broken pipe that has been sprouting million gallons of crude oil in the Gulf of Mexico for more than three weeks.

The tube is designed to help divert the oil to a surface vessel.

Doug Suttles BP official said the tactic is designed to stem the flow, not stop.

The attempt was a setback on Friday night when the frame that holds the insertion tube displaced and prevented the surface vessel is connected to it, “said Suttles, BP’s director of operations for the exploration and production.

He stated that the device was hoisted to the surface on Friday realignments and the company expects to have to work this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Coast Guard said Sunday that the tar balls, pieces of emulsified oil, have cast ashore on Grand Isle, Louisiana.

As the authorities try to bring under control the oil gushing, Suttles said that the application of dispersants under water – a tactic approved for use Monday – appeared to be working.

“Oil in the vicinity of the well and ships and platforms operating in the area has declined from previous observations,” he said after flying over the area on Saturday.

He did not elaborate.

The Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency, said Friday that the decision to use dispersants submarine is an “important step” to reduce potential damage of the spill, and that dispersants may be more effective under water than in surface ocean.

oil dispersants are chemicals that can break the oil, which fell into droplets and prevent them from reaching the surface or the shore. Dispersants are generally less harmful than the oil itself, which is highly toxic and are biodegradable, more quickly, said the Coast Guard.

The underwater jet began after an April 20 explosion aboard the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon. The explosion and subsequent fire caused the horizon to sink in deep water, two days later, which caused the oil to begin to spill from the well. BP was the rental of drilling rig Transocean.

On Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security published a letter from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the Home Secretary Ken Salazar addressed to BP chief executive, Anthony Hayward, calling the company to express his “real intentions” to compensate affected by the spill.

“The oil spill BP Deepwater Horizon can be one of the most devastating environmental disasters this nation has ever faced,” says the letter, dated Friday. “As one of those responsible for this event, BP is responsible to the American public for thorough cleaning of the spill and all economic losses caused by the spill and related events.”

The letter also calls on BP to confirm that it will “seek reimbursement from the American taxpayers, the U.S. government or the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for any amount.”

There was no immediate response from BP.

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