How BP Will Stop the Oil Eruption: The Top-Kill Method

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BP will attempt to shut down the oil well that's been spewing into the Gulf of Mexico later today. Step one: the "top-kill" method, wherein heavy drilling mud is forced deep into the well. Let's pray it works. Video explanation:

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If the attempt is successful and the well is shut down, the whole thing will then be permanently sealed with concrete. If not—as in the case of the failed containment dome of two weeks ago—it's back to the drawing board. And on with the devastation. [NY Times, CNN]

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badhatharry

I'm no mathamagician, but this really wasn't plan number 1? They had to waste time with the "Let's put a box over it and turn the gusher into an underwater outhouse" plan? They really didn't think that plugging the hole was the way to go?

Hey, BP, hire me, and I'll come up with some simple ways to stop shit from leaking. Like PLUGGING IT THE FUCK UP.