Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Paul Hsieh of the U.S. Geological Survey

Paul Hsieh of the U.S. Geological Survey

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Study says one cell-phone photo saved weeks of oil gushing in Gulf

Lee Roop, The Huntsville Times

HUNTSVILLE, AL – A new study says that one scientist’s cell phone photograph saved several weeks, if not more, of oil gushing in the Gulf of Mexico.

The scientist, Paul Hsieh of the U.S. Geological Survey created a model showing that a well cap the government wanted removed should be kept in place.

cell_phone gulf fo mexico oil spillThe cell-phone photo in question was of pressure readings, and Hsieh used it to create his model.

The cap had been put in place in mid-July, but pressure readings were so low some scientists were sure a leak existed somewhere else in the well system. BP wanted the cap to say, but government scientists were almost unanimous that it should be removed.

Hsieh showed another explanation, and further data showed he was right.

cell phone driving gulf of mexico oil spillsource: Study says one cell-phone photo saved weeks of oil gushing in Gulf  | al.com

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