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BP: Mile-Long Tube Siphoning Oil Away

From a deeply saddened Associated Press:

A protester shouts slogans against BP during a demonstration in front of the BP "Green Curve" Station, in Los Angeles, California.

BP: Mile-long tube sucking oil away from Gulf well

By JEFFREY COLLINS and JASON DEAREN (AP)

May 16, 2010

HAMMOND, La. — In a major step toward containing a massive Gulf of Mexico oil leak, BP said a mile-long tube was funneling crude Sunday from a blown well to a tanker ship after three days of wrestling to get the stopgap measure into place on the seafloor.

The contraption was hooked up successfully and sucking oil from a pipe at the blown well Sunday afternoon after being hindered by several setbacks. Engineers remotely guiding robot submersibles had worked since Friday to place the tube into a 21-inch pipe nearly a mile below the sea.

Kent Wells, BP’s senior vice president for exploration and production, said during a news conference that the amount being drawn was gradually increasing, and it would take several days to measure it. Company spokesman Mark Proegler at the joint spill command center in Louisiana had initially said the tube was containing most of the oil coming from the pipe, which is contributing an estimated 85 percent of the crude in the spill…

The tube’s success gave crews partial control of the leak for the first time in more than three weeks. Oil has been spewing since the rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, killing 11 people and sinking two days later. The government shortly afterward estimated the spill at 210,000 gallons — or 5,000 barrels — a day, a figure that has since been questioned by some scientists who fear it could be far more. BP executives have stood by the estimate while acknowledging there’s no way to know for sure…

A relief well, considered the permanent solution the leak, is still being drilled and is months away from completion.

How is this possible? Where does the federal government fit in?

Did they come up with exactly the right permit to make this work?

(Thanks to BigOil for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, May 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “BP: Mile-Long Tube Siphoning Oil Away”

  1. BigOil says:

    From a disappointed AP:

    BP: Mile-long tube starts sucking oil up to tanker as crews gain first handle on Gulf leak
    By JEFFREY COLLINS and JASON DEAREN , Associated Press

    HAMMOND, La. – In the first step in nearly a month toward stopping a massive Gulf of Mexico oil leak, BP said a mile-long tube was siphoning most of the crude from a blown well to a tanker ship after three days of wrestling to get the stopgap measure into place on the seafloor.

    BP spokesman Mark Proegler said the contraption was hooked up successfully and sucking most of the oil from the leak. Engineers remotely guiding robot submersibles had worked since Friday to place the tube into a 21-inch pipe nearly a mile below the sea.

    How fortunate are we that The Won was able to find the time to browbeat the evil corporations into fixing the problem. Now he can finally get some sleep.

    Previous attempts to use emergency valves and a 100-ton container had failed to stop the leak that has spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf, threatening sea life, commercial fishing and the coastal tourist industry from Louisiana to Florida. BP PLC has also been burning small amounts of floating oil and spraying chemical dispersants above and below the surface.

    Researchers, meanwhile, warned Sunday that miles-long underwater plumes of oil from the spill could poison and suffocate sea life across the food chain, with damage that could endure for a decade or more.

    Researchers have found more underwater plumes of oil than they can count from the blown-out well, said Samantha Joye, a professor of marine sciences at the University of Georgia. She said careful measurements taken of one plume showed it stretching for 10 miles, with a 3-mile width.

    http://www.startribune.com/nation/93880699.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUac8HEaDiaMDCinchO7DUs

    Now that the leak is essentially plugged – we need the expert researchers to confirm the environment has been destroyed. It is just hidden under-water…you see.

    • proreason says:

      Now to get the BP engineers working on the greatest disaster in American history by far. The Moron.

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”Researchers have found more underwater plumes of oil than they can count from the blown-out well…..”

      But no one can seem to come up with Obama’s birth certificate or his transcripts from Occidental………or anywhere else for that matter.

      How much difference can there be between crude oil and snake oil?

  2. We can all rest easy now that BP says it has the leak under control, well at least the “5000″ barrels a day leak! Sticking a tube inside the other tube must have been a hard thing for all those scientist and engineers to figure out (sarcasm). Why didn’t they come up with that before they spent three weeks building the other two failed armored capping devices? My guess is their desire to be able to continue working the site and retrieving their precious cargo played an important part in the decide process. Now they are faced with permanently closing-off the site… bummer for them.

    Now they can start those same engineers and scientist on figuring out how they are going to clean up the millions of gallons of oil, now partially submerged due to the chemicals they applied. Wouldn’t it have been easier to clean up had they simply left it alone? I guess their logic was out-of sight, out-of-mind.

    Yes, my heart goes out to every one of those people that lost their lives and their livelihood. Let us hope that BP, and the government agencies that were suppose to be overseeing them, have learned some important lessons. For some reason, call me skeptical; I do not think they have.

  3. David says:

    Seriously lovely photo on this one! I do imagine it was not quite as easy as “sticking one tube in another.” If we are going to work with simplistic analogies, I would say it is more like trying to put the hose on the fire hydrant after it has been turned on. Then add to that having to do it underwater and the analogous fire hydrant is massive!
    I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist but it seems like that the last “disaster” was a coal mine, and then about the time that story dies in the media this one comes along. If this was far left orchestrated I might be concerned if I worked at a nuke plant when this BP story pans out.
    If it does end up that BP faces some penalty for this above and beyond clean up costs I sure hope it doesn’t just end up in the nanny state coffers. The money could be much better used in research on oil clean up or energy research.

    • proreason says:

      “I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist ”

      Don’t put anything past them.

      They don’t give a shit about the environment, the country or your life.

      They want more power and they will do anything to get it.

      The 2008 financial crisis was precipitated deliberately for just that reason. That’s why they passed an 800 Billion dollar slush fund. That’s why they intend to make 20 million illegal aliens citizens. That’s why they are destroying small business. That’s why they are destroying families. That’s why the are allowing the Iranian nutjobs to get nukes.

      An oil spill is nothing for these criminals. If it takes a nuclear war, they won’t have a problem with that either.

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    Hey! For a minute there I thought the guy/gal/whatever in the picture was HBO’s Criptkeeper making a comeback. With death panels & Obamacare, there isn’t a better time than now.


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