New Cap Placed on BP Oil Gusher, Containment Possible by Monday
July 10, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Will the millions of gallons of oil and gas gushing into the Gulf from BP’s damaged oil well, finally be contained as early as Monday? That’s the word today from BP officials and Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen. The ill-fitting containment dome was removed over the weekend. And on Saturday underwater robots began the process of securing a new-tighter-fitting dome over the leak, which could contain, but not completely plug the gusher by Sunday or Monday.
When the old dome was removed, the oil gushed unimpeded into the Gulf waters on Saturday, but BP placed additional skimmers nearby to remove surface oil.
According to Reuters, “The existing cap was installed on June 4. But because it had been placed over a jagged piece of the broken well, oil was still escaping into the water. The new cap weighs more than 150,000 pounds and connects to multiple tubes that will channel the oil to the surface. It is also better able to withstand hurricanes.”
However, the damaged Deepwater Horizon oil well won’t be completely plugged until the two relief wells are completed sometime in August.