BP, attempting the "top kill" procedure to stop the Gulf oil spill, spent the last several days forcing heavy drilling mud into the compromised oil well, but failed to slow or stop the flow. The “top kill” plan was the most comprehensive and ambitious to date. The BP oil spill has now exceeded the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill, dispersing an estimated 18 million to 30 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. With the US government, BP says they will move on to their next attempt, the Lower Marine Riser Package Cap Containment System, after several prior attempts to stop the leak failed.
While the reality of the Gulf oil spill is difficult to look at, we felt it was best to provide our readers with a visual update. These are are some images from the days leading up to May 30: