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07-15-2010   #71 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Mums
So, why haven't they tried this until now?
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The priority had always been to increase the amount of oil being captured and piped to the surface, he said.
quoted from BBC article

Basically, of all their previous plans on what to do, most of them have been "How can we get the oil that's leaking out and pump it onto our ships?" type plans. The only one I can remember that was supposed to shut it off permanently was the mud and cement solution which failed. Didn't matter that the oil was coming out quickly and destroying ecosystems and shutting down fishing jobs in parts of the Gulf that was being affected. They just really, really wanted to get that oil.