Archive for Thursday, July 15, 2010

BP: Cap has stopped Gulf oil leak

July 15, 2010


— A tightly fitted cap was successfully keeping oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in three months, BP said Thursday. The victory — long awaited by weary residents along the coast — is the most significant milestone yet in BP's effort to control one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.

Kent Wells, a BP PLC vice president, said at a news briefing that oil stopped flowing into the water at 2:25 p.m. CDT after engineers gradually dialed down the amount of crude escaping through the last of three valves in the 75-ton cap.

"I am very pleased that there's no oil going into the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, I'm really excited there's no oil going into the Gulf of Mexico," Wells said.

The stoppage came 85 days, 16 hours and 25 minutes after the first report April 20 of an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed 11 workers and triggered the spill.

Now begins a waiting period to see if the cap can hold the oil without blowing a new leak in the well. Engineers will monitor pressure readings incrementally for up to 48 hours before reopening the cap while they decide what to do.

Though not a permanent fix, the solution has been the only one that has worked to stem the flow of oil since April. BP is drilling two relief wells so it can pump mud and cement into the leaking well in hopes of plugging it for good by mid-August.

BP has struggled to contain the spill and had so far been successful only in reducing the flow, not stopping it. The company removed an old, leaky cap and installed the new one Monday.

Between 93.5 million and 184.3 million have already spilled into the Gulf, according to federal estimates.


Maddy Griffin 7 years, 6 months ago

Good news, if it is true. Since this was released by BP, I can only hope.

Zachary Stoltenberg 7 years, 6 months ago

Ding, Ding, Ding we have a winner for the most idiotic statement of the day. How does it feel to win this award again and again and again waka2?

MarchSadness 7 years, 6 months ago

$4.50 at the pump? Sorry, I can't join you there.

mr_right_wing 7 years, 6 months ago

Now let's drive BP out of business and all will be perfect in the world!

Sigmund 7 years, 6 months ago

"An anonymous plumber provided sketches of a flange and seal design six weeks ago that is almost identical to the containment cap lowered onto the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico." BP oil spill: 'Mystery plumber' may be brains behind containment cap, By Patrik Jonsson, July 15, 2010, CSMonitor Online.

So much for blue ribbon panels and expert commissions.

tomatogrower 7 years, 6 months ago

Well, he probably needs to finally get that plumbers license. He would fit into politics, since he lied about owning a plumbing business and making lots of money. He probably was a VietNam vet too, even if he wasn't born yet.

On another note, yes, the US government should have forced their way into BP and taken over, but then all you conservatives would have accused them of trying to nationalize an oil company. The real people involved are BP, Haliburton, and who ever else had a part in building this rig. Incompetence, and greed. Nice capitalist mix. But go on defending your wonderful corporations.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 6 months ago

Woo hoo! Dear Leader can finally relax and play some golf. Oh ,wait, he's been doing that all along. Never mind....

fancy80 7 years, 6 months ago

jeez people, does everything have to be so freaking political? The cap has stopped the oil leak, for now. At the risk of sounding preachy, let's all hope and pray that this works until they can fix it permanently. This is good news. Can we just be thankful for this one thing? Tomorrow we can blame G.W. Bush, Pres. Obama, Joe the Plumber, Nancy Pelosi, Jimmy Carter, and the Tea Party for the rest of the crap that is going on.

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