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Oil leak is a be-Fudd-ling lesson in engineering

By Joe Yovino

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle Thursday signed into law new standards for professional engineers. The new law requires an applicant to hold a four-year degree and four years of experience or a two-year degree and six years of experience.

And just in the nick of time, apparently.

Listening to the Elmer Fudd-like circus sideshow going on (Shhhhh! Be bery, bery quiet. I’m hunting for the silly earl leak) in the Gulf of Mexico as BP tries to cap the oil leak, it seems we could use a few newly trained engineers.

After failed attempts to stop the leak — that included efforts such as a giant snow globe and throwing trash into the hole — BP will try again within the next day to stop the gush of oil, which as of Friday stood at millions of gallons, according to various finger-pointers.

The latest attempt on Friday, according to a CNN.com report, involves a tube designed to be inserted into a ruptured pipe to collect oil and send it to a vessel on the surface.

Fudd tried putting a tube in the wascally wabbit’s hole once … with cataclysmic results.

The end-all, be-all stopgap plan of putting a chamber over the well area and sending the oil to a ship is reportedly unproved at that depth and could take four weeks before it’s ready.

And the other end-all, be-all ultimate plan — drilling a different well to access the first and close it with concrete — could take three months.

By then, at least the new engineering Class of 2015 will be on Chapter 2.

Joe Yovino is the Web editor at The Daily Reporter. He always roots for the rabbit and once rented a truck from Acme.

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