BP Oil Containment Plan Halted

May 9, 2010

(ChattahBox) – BP Plc’s latest effort and main strategy to prevent oil leaks from damaging wildlife and tourism on the US coast have been halted. Ice-like crystals have formed on the 100-ton containment box made of steel and concrete while engineers lowered it almost a mile underwater Saturday, forcing crews to suspend action on the attempt to contain the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The buildup caused by gas hydrates, ice-like solids that form when methane gas combines with water under certain conditions, made the box too buoyant and clogged it up, meaning workers had to lift it from its carefully positioned location over the leak site Saturday and move it to the side while they attempt to unplug it. “I wouldn’t say it’s failed yet,” said BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles. “What I would say is what we attempted to do last night didn’t work.”

Mr. Suttles said BP anticipated the formation of hydrate crystals, but not to this extent. The company plans to take two days to remove the hydrates and determine next steps. One option includes injecting methanol, a chemical used as antifreeze, to prevent hydrates from forming, Mr. Suttles said. Among BP’s other efforts to contain the flow of hundreds of thousands of liters of crude per day, the company is drilling a relief well to pump the leaking reservoir.  But BP says the well will take about three months to complete.


3 Responses to “BP Oil Containment Plan Halted”

  1. SPO101 on May 9th, 2010 9:02 am

    So, BP DIDN’T have a back-up plan? BUT they did hire cute sorority girls to act as spokespersons…
    (Yea, and don’t ya just love those wonderful commercials on TV where Oil Companies and other multi-national Corporate entities are our best friends and patriotic Americans. NOW, when I snap my fingers… you‘ll feel happy and refreshed, lol)

    The Republican Party… ONLY a Mother could love.

    If one is REALLY a “great American” they would take the 5 minutes it takes to Goggle fact check what Republicans in Congress and Conservative spokespersons like Rush Limbaugh/Sarah Palin are propagating. Progressives already KNOW the TRUTH AND THAT IS WHY WE ARE WORKING SO HARD AGAINST THE Republican Party.

    Progressives want to save America. Every problem the USA is now facing can be traced back to a culture of Republican Party LOW GRADE THOUGHT PROCESSES and rich guy Conservative ideology. Bush/Cheney and the Republican controlled Congress of 1994-2006 put this warped policy into practice. The money pit WARS, unfunded policy, corporate welfare, reckless economics, Wall Street fraud, banking scandal, the UNREGULATED oil spill in the Gulf, on & on &…

    The maddening part of this phenomenon is that Republicans/Conservatives either refuse or don’t possess the capacity to ADMIT THEY WERE WRONG! These right-wing hypocrites constantly make WEAK excuses, avoid accountability like the plague and dance around any issue like Charles Krauthammer… lol. Only in right-wing world can silver spoon LOSERS like William Kristol AND Jonah Goldberg make a good living from being WRONG all the time…

    Just look at the Oil drilling disaster in the Gulf. WHY is it that every other civilized nation on the planet, EXCEPT the USA, REQUIRES Oil drilling operations to have back up plans and top shelf shut off valves in case of emergency?

    The ANSWER is during The Bush/Cheney Administration regulatory oversight of the OIL Industry was devastated in much the same way as the financial industry. Cheney had his secret meetings with Big Oil executives and put the American People under their thumb. “From 2001 to 2007 there were 1443 serious accidents in off-shore drilling operations resulting in 41 deaths, 302 injuries and 356 oil spills.” (NY Times)

    The regulation from the Bush/Cheney Interior Department and Minerals Management Service were turned over to Oil Industry lobbyists. Regulators were too busy with the company sponsored Ho/cocaine parties to notice inequities of the OIL drilling methods and safeguards.

    THIS is just one example of 100’s of ways the Republican Party has hurt the American PEOPLE. Who could possibly be stupid enough to keep voting for these Republican/Conservative candidates? I’m going to make sure the children and grandchildren of these Conservative wackos KNOW how they allowed a bunch of vain, self-serving, power mad, greed stricken silver spoon, right-wing Con Artists turn FREEDOM into a delicate concept.


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  3. leroy on May 10th, 2010 4:07 pm

    while i see the dome did not work cuz of the cold water and ice, but i think it would work if they pump very hot water down the hole to the dome when they r sending it dome to the the cold water, but if they keep flow of hot water down to the dome it would stop the ice from farming up in the top half of the dome

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