Underwater Vehicles Used To Obstruct Rig Oil Leak

April 27th, 2010 - 7:04 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
leakNew Orleans, Apr 27, (THAINDIAN NEWS) United States emergency workers are taking a number of steps to stop the leaking of an oil well off the Louisiana coast that is spilling as much as 191,000 litres of oil every day after the rig Deepwater Horizon sank into the Gulf of Mexico last week. Officials have stated that the if the leakage of the oil is not stopped as early as possible then it can have extremely detrimental effect on the ecosystem of the Gulf Coast.

According to reports, the emergency workers seeking to stop the spillage would resort to underwater vehicles that can be remote controlled in order to seal the leakage of oil. As per the plan of the Coast Guard and the United States Minerals Management Services, as many as four remote-controlled underwater vehicles have been used to shut off the oil well. The underwater vehicles dive into the floor of the ocean to set into action a blowout preventer which consists of pipes and valves that can be instrumental in obstructing the leak. At the same time, a number of aircrafts and a fleet of ships have also been deployed to staunch the leakage of oil.

While revealing details about the underwater vehicles that have been used, Doug Suttles, the chief operating officer of the oil giant BP has pointed out that it might be a day or more before the blowout preventer is activated as the process is highly complicated. Moreover, two floating rigs are also being sent to the site which can drill a number of relief wells to obstruct the oil leak.

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