BP Fits Top-Hat, But Only Traps 1,000 Barrels of Oil
June 4, 2010
(ChattahBox)—After hitting a snag with a stuck diamond-studded saw, BP’s engineers and its underwater robots successfully sliced off the broken riser pipe of the gushing oil well. And although the ultimate cut was not ideal, a containment dome or top hat was successfully placed over the pipe, allowing BP to siphon off a portion of the spewing gas and oil.
How much oil will BP ultimately be able to keep from gushing into the Gulf? At this point it’s too early to tell. But Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen told reporters this morning, that so far, BP has been collecting about 1,000 barrels per day.
That’s a promising start, right? Well, when you consider that at least 19,000 barrels of oil are polluting the Gulf waters every day, that’s a minuscule amount.
But hopefully, the collection amount will increase. Sometime later today we’ll probably be able to get … an approximation of how much oil we are capturing,” Allen said.
Meanwhile, hundreds of dead birds, mammals and fish are washing up on shore along with the greasy oil slick.