Live video feed of the ROV monitoring BP damaged riser

bplivefeed1In response to public pressure, BP has agreed to live stream

BP notes: “Please be aware, this is a live stream and may freeze or be unavailable from time to time. Throughout the extended top kill procedure – which may take up to two days to complete – very significant changes in the appearance of the flows at the seabed may be expected. These will not provide a reliable indicator of the overall progress, or success or failure, of the top kill operation as a whole. BP will report on the progress of the operation as appropriate and on its outcome when complete.”

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I still think that developing cleaner, renewable energy solutions is priority #2 behind making our existing buildings, housing stock, and new construction more energy efficient. The cleanest, greenest energy out there is the energy we never use at all regardless if the source is solar, water, oil, natural gas, etc.

Energy efficiency has to become priority #1, because its something we can control right now vs. fighting with big oil and gas companies and a government that is slow to change its ways.


Comment by Ryan Adams on March 29, 2011 11:17 am

It amazes me that the government is willing to subsidize this large oil companies to the tune of billions of dollars per year, yet is unwilling to invest anywhere close to the same amount of money in clean technologies like solar panels, wind power or geothermal power. Sure it makes big announcements about investing in these new green technologies, but when you look at the numbers you find the amount given to big oil companies far outweighs the amount it gives to these new industries.


Comment by Ian Wright on March 30, 2011 4:07 am

I agree with the other comments made, but at the same time conversion to other types of energy is going to take some time, and like it or not we are heavily energy dependent as a society.

So as long as we need to rely on fossil fuels, there needs to be more money invested in 1) preventative measures and standards so spills don’t happen in the first place, and 2) standby procedures, equipment, technology to deal with problems when they occur.

It kills me that every time we have a major environmental issue in the western world there is always this scramble to find a solution to fix the mess. If we don’t know how to fix the mess or have safeguards and systems in place to deal with problems, then don’t drill the holes and/or turn the pumps off.


Comment by Bill Walsh on March 31, 2011 11:25 am

The spill should definitely be one of the turning points for dealing with oil drilling. But it’s my impression that nothing substantial will become of this. Money talks and oil money talks very loud – to politicians and other people in charge especially. It’s sad really.

Comment by John C on April 11, 2011 2:13 pm

Yet another big company being allowed to get away with pollution and environmental damage without any real comeback.

The govt. needs to step up to the plate and install fines so painful that these companies actually give a damn. As long as it’s cheaper to ignore the safety and environmental controls, and pay the fines, theses super-companies will continue to decimate our planet.

Comment by LearningLolly on April 12, 2011 7:16 am

I agree with LearningLolly. Super companies are all about the bottom line: profit. Some efforts should be given to creating legislature that can impose more stringent sanctions on any entity that wreaks environmental damage. The punishment should be on a scale that fits the extent of the damage itself. In cases such as this, where the consequences will be felt for many years, it should be even possible for the company involved to be shut down. A doctor who kills a patient due to malpractice loses his license, why should these companies be any different?

Comment by theme chess sets on April 14, 2011 6:14 am

Interesting to read that there were protests by US fishermen outside the BP annual shareholders meeting. BP do not seem to be deterred in their program of deep sea drilling so the profits clearly outweigh the financial and PR losses caused by the leak.

Comment by Gina Jonnson on April 14, 2011 4:20 pm

We have to face that there will always be issues when we use oil, the drilling and general extraction of the oil cannot be 100% safely removed and people and machines being what they are will be responsible for these accidents. Unfortunately that is the way of the world.
The Japan catastrophe is another example of what people an machines can do to our world, albeit a tragedy but still an example of the inevitable.

Comment by Nat on April 14, 2011 9:40 pm

“We have to face that there will always be issues when we use oil…”

I couldn’t agree more. There are always disadvantaes when we do something. After all, we cannot use our resources without depleting it. Maybe what we can do is to be responsible consumers and use up everything carefully and wisely.

Shisha Guy
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Comment by Amiel Sac on April 15, 2011 2:05 am

I agree with the other comments made, but at the same time conversion to other types of energy is going to take some time, and like it or not we are heavily energy dependent as a society.

Comment by CDL on July 13, 2011 7:28 am

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