I Think It’s Working…

Just got this email bulletin from the Washington Post:

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News Alert: Gulf Coast oil cap in place over blown-out well
09:55 PM EDT Thursday, June 3, 2010
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A cap is in place over the Gulf of Mexico gusher, live video footage provided by the company showed Thursday night, but the spewing oil made it very difficult to tell if the cap was fitting well.

More information here.

Hmmm. I began to imagine other reports in a similar vein:

Fire-retardant chemicals have been applied to the conflagration, but the towering wall of flames made it difficult to tell if the blaze had been extinguished.

Or perhaps:

The defenders had recently fortified the citadel with a moat, hornworks, and bastions, but the hordes swarming over the walls made it impossible to judge their effectiveness.

How about:

It was simply too dark to see if the lights were on.

Well, as the blind man said, we shall see.

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Update, 6/4: this morning I learnt that oil was expected to flow through the cap after it was installed. Apparently there are relief valves that will be closed once suction pipes are attached. My jeering and japery may, it seems, have been premature.

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One Comment

  1. Funny anyway, Malcolm, so I blogged on it.

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted June 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Permalink