Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Oil Spill in the Gulf - NOAA Update Site

For those interested in the ongoing efforts to stop 42,000 gallons of oil a day leaking into the Gulf of Mexico NOAA has set up a strategic media site with regular updates.


Natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) activities are now underway. The plan for attacking the spill has the following elements:
  • Try to activate the blow-out preventer (BOP) using ROVs – could stop leaks in several days, if successful
  • Use an undersea dome to contain leaking oil, rigged by ROVs – has not been tried this deep before
  • Drill relief wells which could then be plugged - this process could take several months
  • Aggressive skimming and dispersing of oil on the surface – ongoing
  • Assessment and protection of coastal resources at risk - thousands of feet of oil containment and deflection boom are ready to deploy, experts are on-scene and en route

Read here.

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