So, the dumbasses at BP have totally blown it yet again. NPR reports this morning that while crews connected a pipe that had started drawing oil from the main leak, two "robots" that were present to take photos of the process crashed into each other and broke it off. You cannot make this shit up.
Meanwhile, the cleanup effort can no longer suppress what organizers don't want us to see. Scientists are finding enormous plumes of oil under the surface—one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick.
Also, why does every solution attempted so far involve BP reconnecting to the source? What about just clamping the thing off from the get-go? It's starting to sound like nuking from orbit might just be the best solution. Confidential to Barack Obama: You're tanking.
UPDATE: BP released a statement claiming: "Technicians have fully inspected the system and have re-inserted the tool," however, WSJ notes:
It's still unclear whether the new siphoning operation will work. Even in the best-case scenario, the tube won't capture all the leaking oil.