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The BP situation sounds like a construction contract I was on where the contractor hit a huge changed conditions situation.  The contractor realized he was in over his head so he tried to look like he was doing something when it was obvious he was not accomplishing anything.  So the client took over the changed conditions work and got it done, but left himself with a huge liability to the contractor in doing so (legal stuff I’ll never understand).


Is BP doing this?


From: vicpeng(--nospam--at) [mailto:vicpeng(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 7:56 AM
To: SEAInt
Subject: Re: oil leak


Anything is poss with the will. Canada has an indiv in Toronto somewhere who has access to surface vacuum ships but the experts obviously don't need the help.

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From: Steve Gordin <sgordin(--nospam--at)>

Date: Wed, 26 May 2010 07:17:50 -0700

To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>

Subject: oil leak


Good morning,

The issue was already raised (I think, by Darryl), but at the time it appeared that we were close to a breakthrough.  Well, it looks like the oil leak in the Gulf is winning so far, and becoming a bigger problem by the hour.  It looks like BP and other parties involved can use some engineering ideas.    

For example, would it be physically possible to lower powerful pumps to remove water and oil and water from the immediate area of the leak?  Something like a giant vacuum cleaner - without any enclosures, pipe capping, etc.  That may limit the amount of oil lost into the ocean (albeit, temporarily), and allow some time for finding a more permanent solution.

Steve Gordin SE
Irvine CA