Yeah, I got what you meant, HTP—frustrating as it can be for some, I think this administration specializes in cool, not flashy, reaction, but it remains to be seen how Jindal et al.‘s efforts pan out amid the clamor to DO SOMETHING. ANYTHING, which was what I was trying to drive at.
Witness the brains trust over at Lambchop’s thread I linked to above, which combines well-intentioned daftness with conspiracy theory:
They inserted a siphon tube that initially allowed them to load a portion of the escaping crude onto surface ships, presumably to be sold.
See my comment above about what you’d expect them to do with large quantities of recovered oil (and I’d imagine the admixture of seawater would mean it wasn’t a great moneymaker anyway).
Instead of inserting a siphon tube, could BP have deposited aggregate (rocks) or other materials (steel rods, etc.) to start filling the hole with something ‘heavy’ that could obstruct the outward flow?
In fact, would not something as simple as an armada of barges filled with aggregate dumping their fill over the open pipe have built a mound over it that, when it got high enough, would completely stop the leaking crude?
Right from the beginning, could there not have been an emergency call to action for the US Navy and Coast Guard, as well as privately owned ships, to begin the parade of barges needed to continually dump aggregate over the site?
There has been no discussion that I have seen along these lines. Instead, public trust, as low as it may poll, remains high enough for it to be unthinkable that BP could have made the decision to attempt to siphon some crude rather than immediately take measures to plug the well based on narrow corporate cost/benefit analysis that showed the clean up costs of leakage that could have been stopped to be less than the present value of the well if it could be salvaged.
Gah. It’s hard to know where to start so I’ll just point out the first obvious flaw in all that gibber, which is the highly questionable accuracy of dumping chunks of rock from the sea surface to land on an extremely small area a mile or so below, against ocean currents and the horrendous flow from the gusher itself, even if that did prove to be enough to stem the flow and didn’t make it even more difficult if not impossible to plug the well properly. As for the conspiracy theory that hangs off it ...