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Has ‘Daddy’ Finally Plugged The BP Hole?

From a deeply saddened Associated Press:

BP capped well holding nearly a day into new fix

Jul 16, 2010

NEW ORLEANS — BP said its capped-off well appeared to be holding steady this morning, almost midway into a white-knuckle waiting period in which engineers watched the pressure gauges for signs of a leak.

Results monitored from control rooms on ships at sea and hundreds of miles away at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Houston showed the oil staying inside the cap, rather than escaping through any undiscovered breaches, BP PLC vice president Kent Wells said on a conference call.

Two underwater robots scoured the sea floor looking for signs of new leaks.

President Barack Obama said BP’s capping of the spill was "good news" but cautioned that testing continued

That’s good advice. We were just about to start looting and setting things on fire in celebration.

There was no evidence of a leak in the pipe under the sea floor, Wells said, one of the main concerns. Wells spoke 17 hours after valves were shut to trap oil inside the cap, a test that could last up to 48 hours…

Wells also said work would resume on a relief well, the oil giant’s more permanent solution meant to plug the leak for good underground to end one of the nation’s worst environmental catastrophes.

That’s also a sign that things were going well. Engineers had stopped drilling one of the wells Thursday in case that bore hole deep underground could be affected by the oil cap effort…

BP officials have said repeatedly they were right to take a step-by-step approach to trying to shut off the geyser over the last three months, to make sure they didn’t make the disaster worse. They have also pointed out that the current cap system in place took time to design and build and to make sure it could withstand the massive water pressures a mile below the sea…

As the oil flowed up to the cap, two valves were shut off like light switches, and the third dialed down like a dimmer switch until it too was choked off.

And just like that, the oil stopped.

The news was met with a mix of joy, skepticism and disbelief from beleaguered Gulf Coast residents…

The fishing industry in particular has been buffeted by fallout from the spill. Surveys of oyster grounds in Louisiana showed extensive deaths of the shellfish. Large sections of the Gulf Coast — which accounts for 60 to 70 percent of the oysters eaten in the United States — have been closed to harvesting…

According to the New York Times, there is no evidence that the oil spill has killed any sea life. But never mind such details. There is history to write – or rather, re-write.

Long after the well is finally plugged, oil could still be washing up in marshes and on beaches as tar balls or disc-shaped patties. The sheen will dissolve over time, scientists say, and the slick will convert to another form.

There’s also fear that months from now, oil could move far west to Corpus Christi, Texas, or farther east and hitch a ride on the loop current, possibly showing up as tar balls in Miami or North Carolina’s Outer Banks

Eventually the oil will spread to the four corners of the world.

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

5 Responses to “Has ‘Daddy’ Finally Plugged The BP Hole?”

  1. canary says:

    How well are the 2 drill wells pumping next to the spill hole doing? Will Obama allow them to keep pumping? It could be 2 of the cleanest drill sights in the world as cleaning will go on for some time. Who owns the 2 new active drilling sites?

  2. Georgfelis says:

    Now that there’s a cork in the hole. is there any realistic estimate of how much oil snuck out? I saw one estimate of 180 million barrels, but that sounds way high, that would be over 9 billion dollars worth of oil lost, and a well that could produce like that could pay for the whole BP slush fund in a little under half a year.

  3. canary says:

    They are using Kevin Costner’s oil/water separate system, according to AP a few days ago. I think the news is spreading, because the liberal media wants people to think we should never drill again,
    and the liberal media is hiding that Obama has 2 new drill wells pumping on each side of the spill, which is what was needed to be done, because it could cost him voters. Media is the worst. Wi Fi, cell phones harmful to humans, , killing trees for their newspapers. Hot lap tops, etc. And they need oil to make these products, the plastic, ink, paper printer.
    And Nancy Pelosi needs petroleum for her make-up & lotions for her blow job bribes to peers.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Daddy doesn’t know for sure because he is on vacation yet again…..in Maine.
    You peons and serfs need to go to the Gulf and help because ‘Big Daddy’ is waaaaaaay too busy.

  5. U NO HOO says:

    “engineers watched the pressure gauges for signs of a leak”

    so now engineers are watching for leaks, 90 days too late….

    sarcasm intended

    PS, “A WHALE” is too big to use in the Gulf.

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