BP Continues With Top-Kill and Junk-Shot, But Success Doubtful
May 29, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-Golf balls, tires, mud and a so-called top hat: So far nothing has worked to stop the flow of crude oil and gas leaking from BP’s underwater oil well in the Gulf. When visiting the devastated region of Louisiana on Friday, President Obama pointed out the frustrating lack of solutions to end the continuing environmental disaster. “There are going to be a lot of judgment calls here. There are not going to be silver bullets or perfect answers,” said Obama.
BP resumed the “top kill” procedure, forcing drilling mud into the damaged well, with the aim of plugging the leak. But after initial positive statements about the procedure’s success, BP officials now admit the results are disappointing. The “top kill” effort was stopped on Friday, while engineers tried two “junk shots” filled with golf balls and rubber tires. The “top kill” procedure will continue through Sunday.
According to the New York Times, the mood is grim in BP’s command center:
“The technician said that despite all the injections, at various pressure levels, engineers had been able to keep less than 10 percent of the injection fluids inside the stack of pipes above the well. He said that was barely an improvement on the results Wednesday, when the operation began and was suspended after about 10 hours. “I won’t say progress was zero, but I don’t know if we can round up enough mud to make it work,” said another technician on the project. “Everyone is disappointed at this time.”’
BP officials plan to attempt another second containment vessel or “top hat” procedure, in the event the injections of mud, golf balls and tires fail. And at this point, it doesn’t look good.
See The New York Times for more.
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