BP says it's ready to try, again, to seal the Deepwater Horizon well permanently. First up, maybe as soon as tonight, is an attempted "static kill." It's a new version of the failed top kill, which involved pumping mud and gunk into the well from barges on the surface. Now that the well has been capped, BP hopes to pump mud and gunk in at the level of the sea floor.
Which could totally work.
Now we can start picking through the mistakes that set the stage for this disaster and the ones that made the cleanup such a shame. In the former, we have a suggestion that humans are tired of alarms, too tired to keep like the ones on the Deepwater Horizon either to respond or to keep them in place. In the latter category, we have a new report from Rep. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) that the Coast Guard "rubber-stamped" BP's request to blanket parts of the Gulf of Mexico with the very yummy, carginogenic dispersant Corexit.
We're still getting reports that tarballs are washing into wildlife refuges, while cleanup crews scratch at far-less oiled beaches where tourists and news cameras roam.
Decades may pass before we fully understand the effects of this disaster. For now, we have the image of that stupid, stupid well pouring tens of thousands of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, day after day after day, from spring until summer. And we have the first hits of what's happened to the wildlife in that oil's path. Today's critter count from the Federal Wildlife Service says 3,271 birds were found dead, along with 503 sea turtles, 64 mammals and one reptile. The sun set for them early in this story.