Paul Hsieh of the U.S. Geological Survey
Study says one cell-phone photo saved weeks of oil gushing in Gulf
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.
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.