It's the oil, stupid
Eyewear is puzzled. If BP stands to lose 20 billion or more dollars over this disaster-fiasco, why not spend £10 billion now, to invent some remarkable oil-sucking device? Surely, ten billion thrown at some Nobel geniuses as a challenge, could yield a machine to do the trick. I may be naive, but you have a hole a mile down gushing out oil under massive pressure. Okay, that's bad. But they got to the moon, yeah? Why not build a huge dome or cone of some kind, lower it, and completely enclose a large swathe of the seafloor? And send hoovering submersibles to capture the rest. Last time I checked, they had one big pipe down there. Why not put more down? We're talking billions here - rather than waste that on mere pay-outs, spend it now, and get the eggheads to work! Or, hire a hundred thousand people in small boats to each scoop oil up. You could pay them each $10,000.