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Robot Sub Deployed To Stop Oil Leak

UT-1 Ultra TrencherThe oil drilling rig known as the Transocean Deepwater Horizon rig was engulfed in an explosion last Tuesday. On Friday, the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico had completely sunk.

Transocean, a Swiss company owned the oil rig and had leased it to BP.  Currently the former oil rig site is now leaking 42,000 gallons of oil a day. They plan on deploying a robot sub to plug the leak by tightening valves at the wellhead. Shown here is an underwater robot  called UT-1 Ultra Trencher by Soil Machine Dynamics.  This robot is used to bury oil and gas pipelines in the ocean floor and may be similar to the robot they use in the Gulf of Mexico.  The BP press release states:

“We are attacking this spill on two fronts – at the wellhead and on the surface offshore,” said BP Group Chief Executive Tony Hayward, who has traveled to Texas and Louisiana this week to meet with response personnel. “The team on the ground and those at sea have the Group’s full resources behind them.”

Here is the latest BP press release in full.

As a second safety measure, they may drill a second well to cut off the oil flow from the first well.

Let’s hope they get this cleaned up quickly.

Link via (Times Online)

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2 Comments

  1. Comment by dentist frankfort:

    Will things ever change? This oil spill is awful

  2. Comment by Coffee Health Facts:

    I’m happy to finally see today on the news that BP has stopped some of this oil thats been spewing up into our seas for almost 2 months now!! Man what is their problem?? I can’t believe its been taking this long. I know what it is, its all about the moola, they can still make money from this well thats why they won’t shut it up for good to stop this disaster!

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