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Experts still hope to close a stuck valve that's let oil flow into the Gulf of Mexico for more than a week. But if those efforts fail, the next-best plans will take weeks more to stop the flow, officials say.
Stopping Gulf Coast oil leak could take weeks - CNN.com
Since the Earth is constantly cooling and shrinking, the oil is under pressure. That's why it is leaking upward into the ocean. Knowing that, it should be possible to place a coffer dam over the drill hole and let the natural pressure of the oil fill it and then pump the oil from that large, heavy container. Instead, to increase production, the oil rig engineers operate equipment that sucks up the oil as fast as possible, and that extreme pressure causes accidents. To operate more safely they need to slow down, but our obsessively growing human population demands more and more oil quickly to supply our obsessively growing economy. Thus, oil spills like this are inevitable.
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