Monday, May 31, 2010

A Potential Solution for the Leaking Oil in the Gulf

Workers on the Arabian Gulf overlook a supertanker owned by Saudi Aramco, the oil company that used a suck-and-salvage American technology to recover 85 percent of its previously unreported spill in 1993 and '94.
Nick Pozzi, who was an engineer with Saudi Aramco in the Middle East, says that there is a solution to cleaning up the spilled oil from the Gulf of Mexico. Pozzi is saying that an accident in the Middle East in 1993 generated a spill far larger than anything the Gulf spill.
According to Pozzi, that mishap, kept under wraps for close to two decades and first reported by Esquire, dumped nearly 800 million gallons of oil into the Persian Gulf, which would make it more than 70 times the size of the Exxon Valdez spill.

But remarkably, by employing a fleet of empty supertankers to suck crude off the water's surface, Pozzi's team was not only able to clean up the spill, but also salvage 85 percent of the oil, he says.

"We took [the oil] out of the water so it would save the environment off the Arabian Gulf, and then we put it into tanks until we could figure out how to clean it," he told AOL News.

While BP, the oil giant at the center of the recent accident, works to stanch the leak from the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig, Pozzi insists the company should be following his lead.
What's the problem? BP oil executives are ignoring this remedy.

WATCH [particularly at 2:00]:

The Gulf oil spill presents the problem of stopping the spill as well as cleaning up the mess. BP hasn't been able to find any solutions. It is time for a change and to learn from prior spills!

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