BP tries “top kill” to stop Gulf leak

oil spill boomThough it’s never been tried before in such deep waters, BP started its “top kill” operation in an effort to plug the mile-deep leak that has been spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico in U.S. waters for five weeks since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded.  Professor Cutler Cleveland, director of the BU Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, says the whole incident points a damning finger at Washington.

“The magnitude of failure of the federal government to protect the nation and the people of Louisiana grows with each passing day.  From patronage between government regulators and the oil industry to shoddy environmental impact assessment, we have been supremely let down.”

For more on the oil spill, see the entry in the Encyclopedia of Earth, developed by BU researchers as a peer-reviewed Wikipedia-like source for authoritative environmental content.

Contact Cutler Cleveland, 617-353-3083, cutler@bu.edu

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