And, over night, the saw got stuck. "The goal is later on today to finish that cut," says Thad Allen, "and be able to put a containment device over the top of the wellhead, and start containing the oil.
But look up in the sky, New Orleans. @BPGlobalPR has a message flying above for us: "GET WELL SOON! BP CARES!"
Apparently Mr. Hayward is not familiar with the results of a test conducted in Norway, in which his company took part, that suggested exactly the opposite would happen when oil was released in very deep water.
The composition and distribution of these plumes remain a mystery, and several government research vessels are aggressively pursuing them in the gulf. Scientists believe that the plumes are not pure oil, but most likely a haze of oil droplets, natural gas and the dispersant chemical Corexit, 210,000 gallons of which has been mixed into the jet of oil streaming from the seafloor.
This oily haze could prove highly toxic to coral reefs. Both oil and dispersants, which chemically resemble dishwashing detergent, hamper the ability of corals to colonize and reproduce. And these effects are amplified when the two are mixed.
Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) vessel Thomas Jefferson embarks on its 10-day research mission. The NOAA team will "take water samples and test advanced methods for detecting submerged oil while gathering oceanographic data in the areas coastal waters," according to a release.