.BP says so far, Gulf well plug isn't working

Discussion in 'Politics' started by .........., May 29, 2010.

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100529/ap_on_bi_ge/us_gulf_oil_spill

    BP says so far, Gulf well plug isn't working

    By BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press Writer Ben Nuckols, Associated Press Writer
    12 mins ago

    .COVINGTON, La. – A risky procedure is failing to stop the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, and BP said Saturday it is considering scrapping it in favor of yet another method to contain the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

    The comments from BP PLC chief operating officer Doug Suttles came amid increasing skepticism that the "top kill" operation — which involves pumping heavy drilling mud into a crippled well 5,000 feet underwater — would halt the leak. It's the latest in a series of proposed solutions BP has tried — including a gigantic box placed over the leak and a tube inserted to siphon the oil away. The box failed after ice-like crystals clogged it, while the tube was removed to make way for the top kill after it sucked up more than 900,000 gallons of oil.

    The top kill began Wednesday, and "to date it hasn't yet stopped the flow," Suttles told reporters at Port Fourchon. "What I don't know is whether it ultimately will or not."

    If the top kill fails, BP would cut off the damaged riser from which the oil is leaking and cap it with a containment valve that's already resting on the seafloor. BP is already preparing for that operation, Suttles said.

    Since the top kill began Wednesday, BP has pumped huge amounts mud into the well at a rate of up to 2,700 gallons per minute, but it's unclear how much is staying there. A robotic camera on the seafloor appeared to show mud escaping at various times during the operation. On Saturday, the substance spewing from the well appeared to be oil, experts said.

    BP has also tried several times to shoot assorted junk into the well's crippled blowout preventer to clog it up and force the mud down the well bore. That, too, has met with limited success.

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, addressing reporters after he spoke at a high school graduation ceremony in Denver, echoed what Suttles said and said officials were evaluating the next step. He said the relief well was the ultimate solution, but said something was needed to stop the spill until then.

    "We're doing everything with the best minds in the world to make sure that happens," he said.

    The oil spill began after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in April, killing 11 people. It's the worst spill in U.S. history — exceeding even the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989 off the Alaska coast — dumping between 18 million and 40 million gallons into the Gulf, according to government estimates.

    Experts and other observers were growing increasingly skeptical that BP would be able to plug the well. Eric Smith, associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute, said Saturday that the top kill appeared headed for failure.

    "They warned us not to draw too many conclusions from the effluent, but ... it doesn't look like it's working," he said.

    BP had pegged the top kill's chances of success at 60 to 70 percent. The company says the best way to stop the flow of oil is by drilling relief wells, but those won't be completed until August.

    Chris Roberts, a councilman in Louisiana's Jefferson Parish, said he was frustrated by BP's failures and perceived lack of transparency.

    "We're wondering whether or not they're attempting to give everybody false hope in order to drag out the time until the ultimate resolution to it" — the completion of the relief wells, Roberts said.

    Meanwhile, Coast Guard and Minerals Management Service officials heard a sixth day of testimony during hearings into the disaster in Kenner.

    David Sims, BP's drilling operations manager for exploration and appraisal in the Gulf of Mexico, testified he was aware of well problems experienced by the Deepwater Horizon's drilling crew in the weeks and months leading up to the explosion. He said there were no serious problems the day the rig exploded.
  2. just plug the damn thing so we can get on with our lives! :mad:
  3. DRILL BABY DRILL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Yeah, maybe if Obama would have actually done something instead of taken a photo op, making erroneous promises, then immediately leaving we'd be in a better situation...
  5. what do you want him to do swim down 5000 feet put his big thumb in the hole?

    your an idiot!

    this is George W's fault, and his merry band of repugs! they relaxed the regs

    were still cleaning up after these self-serving morons :mad:
  6. Louisiana voted for every Republican nominee since Clinton.keep voting for the party of drill baby drill ya dumb fucks
  7. Like what? Even his Superman suit wont survive 5,000 feet below
  8. Fishermen for McCain !!!!!!!!!!!!


    Survey finds hunters, anglers favor John McCain
    August 21, 2008 | 2:27 pm

    A survey has found that John McCain holds a considerable lead over Barack Obama in the race to become president — among hunters and fishermen.

    Given that there are an estimated 40 million hunters and fishermen of voting age in the United States, there’s some significance to their thinking and it may have helped the current president win two terms.

    We all know what happened during the second term: the vice president, on one of his hunting trips, accidentally filled a fellow hunter full of birdshot.

    But that’s beside the point. The point is, many Americans consider hunting and fishing — and certainly their right to own guns — part of their heritage and prefer a leader who cherishes those same values and would be inclined to protect those values in an era in which they’re being increasingly threatened.

    The survey, conducted by Braun Research, polled 1,009 sportsmen of which 45% said they’d vote for McCain, while 31% tilted toward Obama.

    Asked whom they’d rather hunt with, 49% said McCain, 27% answered Obama. As a fishing partner, 44% favored McCain over Obama (31%).

    None of this is surprising, since many serious sportsmen are Republicans, and considering that the survey was conducted on behalf of sportsmens’ rights groups that already knew what it would conclude. Here at Outposts, we support hunting and fishing but will not get political, unless you count the irresistible reference to Dick Cheney’s 2006 nonfatal shotgun blasting of Harry Whittington during a Texas quail hunt.
  9. Somebody needs to tell those Republican fishermen what party is trying keep a low limit as to how much in damages BP will pay


    Obama Backs ‘Significantly’ Higher Spill Damage Cap
    By Julianna Goldman and Lisa Lerer

    May 5 (Bloomberg) -- The Obama administration is backing “significantly” higher limits for damages BP Plc might face for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

    May 5 (Bloomberg) -- The Obama administration is backing “significantly” higher limits for damages BP Plc might face for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and won’t rule out scaling back plans to expand offshore drilling.

    “Beyond clean-up and containment, BP must be held responsible for the damages this spill causes,” White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer wrote on the White House website yesterday. The administration “strongly supports” a move in Congress to raise an existing $75 million cap on damages under the Oil Pollution Act.

    BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward said yesterday he expects that limit will be exceeded. The London-based company, Europe’s second-largest oil producer, will honor all “legitimate” claims from those harmed, such as the region’s fishing and tourist industry, he said after meeting in Washington with Gulf Coast lawmakers.

    Separately, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said “I would not rule it out,” when asked if President Barack Obama would change his mind on a plan announced March 31 to open portions of the East Coast to oil and gas exploration.

    The April 20 explosion and fire on a drilling rig leased by BP resulted in a leak that is spreading an estimated 5,000 barrels of crude a day in the Gulf and reshaping the U.S. energy debate in Congress. Democratic lawmakers from New Jersey and Florida are among those calling on Obama to abandon his plan to expand drilling as Congress considers climate policy and lawmakers look ahead to the November elections.

    Higher Damages

    One of those lawmakers, Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, is co-sponsoring legislation to raise the limit on damages awards from a spill to $10 billion from $75 million under the current law, which was passed in 1990. The cost to BP of cleaning up the spill isn’t affected by the cap.

    “The administration -- in the context of a comprehensive energy bill which would help move us to a clean energy future -- strongly supports efforts on Capitol Hill to raise the Oil Pollution Act damages cap significantly above $75 million,” Pfeiffer wrote. The White House also is examining what “fines or damages BP could be liable for under additional applicable federal and state laws.”

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said today he supports raising the liability cap to $10 billion. “I would support that piece of legislation,” he told reporters.

    House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio, asked whether he would support raising the damage limit, said his party’s lawmakers first want to “find out who really was responsible for this and make sure that the law is enforced.”
  10. Any of the promises me made?? Everyone in Louissiana is pissed because he promised the world then packed up and left as soon as the cameras were gone. Hasn't delivered shit...

    #10     May 29, 2010