BP’s ‘Top-Kill’ Fails Big Time: Now What?
May 30, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Like a runaway train, the BP oil disaster continues to destroy the Gulf at warp speed, with no end in sight, until the relief wells are completed in August. On Saturday, BP declared the top kill procedure a failure. BP’s CEO Tony Hayward is “disappointed” and President Obama, called the failure to plug the hushing oil well “heartbreaking.” Now what? The Obama administration ordered BP to have another go at a “top hat” or containment dome. But this time, a riser pipe will be cut before the collection of oil is attempted. Will this new effort plug the underwater hole, gushing millions of gallons of oil and gas into the sensitive ecosystems of the Gulf? Who knows. It’s all a crap shoot at this point, because BP for years, devoted all of its resources, expertise and robot-technology to extracting the oil from the earth, and damn the consequences.
After pumping 30,000 barrels of mud into the underwater well, combined with a junk shot of rubber tires and golf balls, it wasn’t enough to plug the well. “While we initially received optimistic reports about the procedure, it is now clear that it has not worked,” Obama said in his statement.
The only known solution are the relief wells, which won’t be completed until the end of the summer months. Until that time, the gaggle of federal government experts will work with BP to devote everything they have at their disposal to plug the devastating leak.
According to a report by The New York Times, BP’s experts never really had much chance of success in making the top kill procedure work, because they basically don’t know how the deep underwater well works. Think about that for a moment: It’s an astounding admission:
“A technician who has been working on the project to stem the oil leak said Saturday that neither the top kill nor the “junk shot” came close to succeeding because the pressure of oil and gas escaping from the well was simply too powerful to overcome. He added that engineers never had a complete enough understanding of the inner workings of drill pipe casing or blowout preventer mechanisms to make the efforts work.”
‘“The engineers are disappointed, and management is upset,” said the technician. “Nothing is good, nothing is good.”’
President Obama noted, that like every other effort to stop an oil leak at these depths, the success of the new containment dome procedure is unknown:
“Rear Admiral Mary Landry today directed BP to launch a new procedure whereby the riser pipe will be cut and a containment structure fitted over the leak. This approach is not without risk and has never been attempted before at this depth.”
Obama in his statement, promised to throw everything he has to plugging the oil well, right up until the moment the relief wells are completed. And the President expressed his personal anger and frustration over the inability to contain the disaster:
“As I said yesterday, every day that this leak continues is an assault on the people of the Gulf Coast region, their livelihoods, and the natural bounty that belongs to all of us. It is as enraging as it is heartbreaking, and we will not relent until this leak is contained, until the waters and shores are cleaned up, and until the people unjustly victimized by this manmade disaster are made whole.”
Meanwhile, millions of gallons of oil and gas spew out daily into the Gulf waters, causing an environmental and economic disaster of epic proportions, because a greedy multinational oil company couldn’t be bothered with devoting a portion of its resources to anticipate a devastating underwater oil leak.