XKCD nails how I feel about media coverage of the oil disaster to date. If one of these talking heads, including politicians, were to ask a question or make commentary that didn’t sensationalize or relate back to a major party member’s re-election potential, the whole institution of Big Reporting would come apart at the seams, right?
Speaking of reporting, let’s get something straight:
True = efforts to kill/seal the well, i.e. Top Kill have failed
True = BP will not attempt the installation of a second blowout preventer.
False = efforts to contain the well are off the table until a relief well reaches the target in the reservoir in August.
Right now, as we speak, the portion of the riser above the existing blowout preventer is being sawed off (what you might see referred to as DSAW) for a nice clean attachment to a Lower Marine Riser Package cap, after the longest section of the riser away from the BOP was removed last evening. So, stop forwarding and/or retweeting the Bloomberg story and confusing yourselves and at The Oil Drum and Alexander Higgins’s blog instead.
In fact, for the very latest discussion of the current pre-LMRP video footage with engineers and scientists, The Oil Drum has been hosting a live webchat at webchat.freenode.net. Enter a name and #theoildrum as channel to join.