BP Gulf Oil Spill 2010: Will the ’Top Kill’ Plan Work?

As more and more plans seem to fail for BP in their attempts to clean up the disturbing oil spill in the gulf, a new plan is brought to the table. The 'Top Kill' plan is the newest plan to address the oil spill and involves pouring concrete into the gushing hole in the ocean. However, if the plan does not work, it is possible that the hole will become bigger causing a greater amount of oil to leak into the already tainted water.

Boston Globe's Big Picture

The buzz on the oil spill all centers on BP's 'Top Kill' plan, where experts say nothing else seems to work.  BP is ready to begin the process today with over 50,000 barrels of mud and several robotic submarines.  The oil spill is still pumping thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and will continue to destroy the fragile ecosystems in the Gulf Coast until BP or the government finds a solution that actually works.  Chemical dispersants were poured into the Gulf with the hope of breaking up the oil and actually dissolving the mess made by Deepwater Horizon. However, these dispersants may be causing more problems.  They have broken up the mess into droplet sized oil specs, and while it may have dissolved some, these droplets are small enough to enter into the lungs and bodies of fish, birds, and whales causing blockage and eventually leading to death of these ocean animals.

Wildlife refuges off the coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama are beginning to see the harsh realities of this oil spill catastrophe as more and more wildlife wash ashore covered in oil.  Birds are weighed down with the thick substance as they fly through the air, and dolphins, fish and turtles begin to be rescued from the intolerable waters. The Boston Globe recently released an article entitled “The Big Picture” the 2010 Oil Spill Story in Pictures. The photos above are credited to this article—click here to view more photos from “The Big Picture.”

ABC News shared an interesting video with viewers nationwide this week showing what the oil spill really looked like and enlightened the world with an underwater view of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “Good Morning America” weather anchor, Sam Champion along with some extremely skilled divers take us on a journey under the sea and into the oil spill below.

The 'Top Kill' Plan is the next venture BP is taking on in resolving this disaster. Kent Wells, Senior Vice President of Production & Exploration, told reporters on Tuesday that the 'Top Kill' maneuver “has been done successfully in the past, but it hasn't been done at this depth.” Other representatives of BP have claimed that this process will not be pretty, but will provide a live feed of the oil spill and the Top Kill process for the world to monitor. In the meantime, we can only hope and pray that this situation will be resolved soon. 

As a body of believers we must help in any way we can, whether by prayer or hands on ministry. If you are interested in helping with the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Clean Up you may be interested in reading this article Oil Spill Clean-Up 2010: How The Church Can Help. Hopefully, there is a solution in sight, and this 'Top Kill' maneuver will kill the oil, and not the ocean.

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