Doug Martin, president of Smit Salvage Americas, told a federal investigative panel yesterday that soon after the April 20 spill in the Gulf, BP interfered with an effort by engineers to lower a ROV to stop the oil. He claimed that the company was concerned about how a heat build-up would affect the boat that would launch it.
Via LA Times
We have to admit that we keep almost a constant eye on the Gulf situation, not only because we lived there and love how all life there is interconnected, but also because we admire the real heroes of the spill, the ROVs and their operators. It is some comfort that they have managed to cap the well, at least for now.
Most of the 'Fish' were made by Oceaneering, who have built about 500 of the ones in use worldwide. They modified them so that they can change tools without coming to the surface, which would take about 25 minutes. We are so fixated that we spend more time than necessary watching the live feed and stare hypnotically as one of the bots does something that looks so intricate that it is truly a marvel to behold. So here's to the Fish and the humans that operate them.
(Note: We stand corrected after news of the seepage.)
BP continues its efforts in the Gulf while its inhabitants are probably cringing at their "progress." The "fish" (ROVs,) removed the LMRP containment cap Saturday to prepare it for a new cap. Although the Q4000 is capturing some of the oil and gas, the well remains capless for now. So it goes.