A BP executive says a relief well is the "end point" of efforts to stop the Gulf oil spill — which suggests there's little chance of plugging the leak until the new well is completed in August.There are toxic plumes of oil floating around undersea like clouds of poison gas. There are massive slicks on the surface. There are hurricanes coming that will churn that up even further.
By August, we'll be dealing with dead ocean and poisoned coasts for thousands of miles. It's probably safe to say that the scale of this eco-disaster is beyond our capacity effectively mitigate. This cannot be put right.