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Notes from the Spill

  • Posted by Mitchell Flexo on June 3, 2010 in Energy
  • In the latest bid to curtail the worst oil spill in U.S. history, BP initiated a "cut and cap" procedure Thursday. But the cut was jagged, and as of Thursday night, robotic submarines were wrestling to place a cap on the gushing well beneath the Gulf of Mexico.

    President Obama told Larry King he was "furious" about the situation, saying that BP hasn't moved fast enough in response to the spill. But he added that he didn't think "venting and yelling at people" would be very constructive -- answering dubious concerns that he hasn't shown sufficient emotion in the face of the disaster.

    According to computer models from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, oil leaking from the damaged well could wind up on the East Coast as early as this summer.

    BP released an ad featuring CEO Tony Hayward accepting responsiblity for the disaster, promising that he was "deeply sorry" and the company will "make this right."

    But, with gruesome new evidence pouring in about the devastating effects of the spill on local wildlife, it seems unlikely that the BP ad will do much to sway public opinion.

    Photo: President Barack Obama surveys damage along the Louisiana coastline at Fourchon Beach, May 28, 2010. (Larry Downing/Reuters)


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