Closing the Hole in the Gulf: A Petroleum Engineer Responds by Robert Reich
“Mobilize every possible tanker to siphon up crude from as close to the leak points as possible. Oil industry leaders as John Hofmeister (president of Shell Oil from 2005 until 2008) have recommended this, but inexplicably neither BP nor the federal government are talking about even trying this idea. BP currently has only one spot where they have inserted a tube into a riser, or pipe, that is leaking oil from the sea floor. The company is gathering the crude oil and siphoning it up to a drill ship for storage.
“They should have at least a dozen collectors. BP has 24 tankers that are being used to make money for BP, not for clean-up duty.”