The environmental threat created by the BP’s oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico has increased sharply and the US authorities fear that about five times more oil could be leaking into the water per day.
We have a bunch of photos of the so-called BP Oil Spill collected for you from across the Web.
Picture of oil spill courtesy: KansasCity.com
The leak followed the explosion of Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on April 20, which is believed to have killed 11 men. Henry A Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, California, is demanding documents from BP and its drilling contractors to move into investigation.
Another source of the leak has been found in a pipe that connected the rig to the well on the seabed in 5000 feet of water. On Wednesday, BP set fire to some of the oil to try to limit the damage to marine animals and other wildlife.
Photo courtesy Yahoo
It is believed that the leakage could cost the company several hundred million dollars. Apart from the financial loss, it could also affect the reputation of the company. The company’s failure in stopping the leakage from the underwater well has disappointed the government officials. US President Obama has said that BP would be responsible for funding the cost of response and cleanup operations. The cost of an environmental cleanup will depend largely on how much oil reaches shore. The government could assess fines or other penalties then. Lawyers have already filed many suits on behalf of commercial fisherman, shrimpers and injured oil workers against BP; Transocean; Cameron, the company that manufactured the blowout preventer; and other companies involved in the drilling process.
Photo courtesy Time.com
About 66000 feet of inflatable oil booms to contain the spill and 50 contractors with experience in operating the equipments, have been sent by the Navy. Despite the accident, BP says it remains committed to its gulf drilling program, which contributes 11 percent of the company’s worldwide production.
BP, under John Browne was initially an environment conscious company and wanted to develop alternative energy sources like wind and solar power. But the company started losing its focus on maintenance and safety leading to many accidents that cost the lives of many.