Hello Everyone -
The following are two links that claim to show what is happening to stop the leaking oil going into the Gulf waters.
The first is one that leads to what are claimed to be some live video links to see what is supposed to be happening now at the bottom of the Gulf. When I tried this earlier this morning, I had to go through several to find some that appeared to work. You might have the same experience.
This is BP's animation link to what they claim will stop the disaster. Who knows? It is a gargantuan task and it would have been better to have prevented it from happening in the first place.
There are many unknowns in all this. For example, what is the strength of the sea floor if it has been fractured by the original accident and subsequent activities down there? I shudder to consider what might happen if the whole thing should rupture as a result of the capping of this thing. If there are "hairline" fractures in the sea's bed, then, would capping this thing lead to oil flowing out of those fracture points and cause even more spilling and enlarging the problem so that it would become "unfixable?" About a year ago, maybe longer, there was a 6 point Richter scale earthquake in the Gulf off the coast of Louisiana. Has that been considered? Would that play a role in this somehow? Is the fault-line close to the oil and gas under the sea's floor?
Presumably, the people doing this have considered the pressure of the oil and gas escaping down there and they have designed this 175,000 pound contraption to stop the oil from polluting the Gulf any more. It remains to be seen if this will truly solve the problem. The several kinds of apparatuses that will all be connected together will bring it up to that weight.
If this is designed with tolerances to contain the oil and the sea floor does not fracture, this might stop it. But that remains to be seen. Then there is the massive fallout from the oil and in particular the many living creatures and plant life that has been killed and will continue to die.
The video is about 7 - 8 minutes long.
Perhaps there are those among you who are engineers and geologists who can answer all the questions I have about this. In my opinion, this all depends on whether or not the people trying to stop this oil truly understand the problems not only from the physics and engineering standpoints of fluid dynamics and the mechanical structures of these devices and the geology and sea's movements, weather and myriads of other factors that are involved.
Let's hope for the best.