Plans in Place to Stop Gulf Oil Spill For Good

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Starting as early as tonight, engineers are planning a two-part strategy that could plug the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, once and for all.

The first part, called a “static kill,” includes pouring cement from above into the well. Then comes the “bottom kill,” when engineers will put mud and cement into the well’s bottom through a relief well, a process that could take up to seven days.

A temporary cap is all that is currently keeping oil contained, and it has worked for two weeks. Officials expect to complete this last effort by the end of August.

Though these steps are promising, government officials warn that people shouldn’t get their hopes up. “We should not be writing any obituary for this event,” said Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen.

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RRP
RRP

There is currently a campaign calling for Australia's removal for the Security Council if it continues to ignore the orders of the UN to release, rehabilitate and compensate illegally detained refugees. Sustained international pressure and condemnation is the only thing that will drive the Australian Government to sit up and take notice of its obligations under international law. Please visit www.removeaustraliafromtheunsc.org for more information and to support the campaign.

FrederikaSteen
FrederikaSteen

And we used to have such a good reputation- a nation of 23 million  built on immigration, settlers from over 200 source countries around the globe, a proactive immigration program running at over 200 000 new residents a year and many more visitors and temporary workers.  We pride ourselves on our multicultural, multi lingual and multi faith society  centred  on a "fair go" ... and then the two major parties out did each other in the vilification and  fear campaign against a few thousand asylum seekers who had the gall (and the courage) to come by boat, crossing our border as is their legal right. Yes, Australia signed the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, obliging us to protect asylum seekers from persecution and to treat them well and both major parties blatantly breach those obligations, ratchetting up the punishment and cruelty to innocent civilians. Abandonment in foreign third world countries, for goodness sake!  Cost apparently not a worry.


We sent our troops into Iraq, lost 40 men in Afghanistan and yet we mistreat people fleeing the carnage and the genocide! What is wrong with us? Why no democratic mass movement of opposition to this "un Australian" policy? Moral leadership missing in action. Crass political leadership which thumbs it's nose at international law.... dear world, please tell us to grow up and find our moral compass and find our "better selves". Thank you. 

Shona3003
Shona3003

Great article.  Thinking Australians who do not swallow the government and media propaganda about asylum seekers and refugees are growing increasingly angry and disgusted with this abhorrent practice. There needs to be increasing international pressure brought to bear on this government. 

RRP
RRP

@FrederikaSteen  There is currently a campaign calling for Australia's removal for the Security Council if it continues to ignore the orders of the UN to release, rehabilitate and compensate illegally detained refugees. Sustained international pressure and condemnation is the only thing that will drive the Australian Government to sit up and take notice of its obligations under international law. Please visit www.removeaustraliafromtheunsc.org for more information and to support the campaign.

RRP
RRP

@Shona3003  There is currently a campaign calling for Australia's removal for the Security Council if it continues to ignore the orders of the UN to release, rehabilitate and compensate illegally detained refugees. Sustained international pressure and condemnation is the only thing that will drive the Australian Government to sit up and take notice of its obligations under international law. Please visit www.removeaustraliafromtheunsc.org for more information and to support the campaign.