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(CNN) — Oil industry experts said there is no sure-fire way to stop the massive amount of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

If there were, BP wouldn’t still be grasping for a solution.

“That’s because pollution cleanup technology is primitive,” said Robert Bea, a University of California-Berkeley professor who directs the university’s Center for Catastrophic Risk Management. He worked for decades as a risk assessor to oil companies, including BP in the 1990s.

The science of cleaning up oil spills has remained largely the same since the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, said Bea, who worked on that 11-million-gallon spill in Prince William Sound that blackened 1,500 miles of Alaska’s coastline.

“It boggles my mind what in the hell they’re doing, because the industry has been around for years, and this kind of thing had to be anticipated,” Bea said. “But that’s just the way it is. It’s sad.”

Since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig April 20, BP has tried various techniques to stop the leak 5,000 feet underwater. The spill is sending 210,000 gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico each day, BP has said.

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