Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Gulf oil leak stopped!

By Donald Sensing

This is a live feed of the oil well leaking in the Gulf that BP and other agencies have been trying to cap for six weeks.

Reuters reports:
HOUSTON, May 26 (Reuters) - BP Plc (BP.L) (BP.N) Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said on Wednesday it appears drilling mud, not oil, was gushing from a ruptured undersea well six hours into an effort to halt a growing oil spill.

"What you've been observing coming out of the top of that riser is most likely mud," Suttles said at a news conference broadcast from a Louisiana command center. "We can't fully confirm that because we can't sample it. And the way we know we've been successful is it stops flowing."
The company began on Wednesday to pump drilling mud into the well head to displace the oil, then once only mud was erupting from the break, pump in concrete until the well was capped. There is concrete that will cure underwater, in fact, the ancient Romans invented it to build harbors.

Anyway, analysts say that this feed shows only mud gushing out, not oil. BP had announced at the outset of this effort that displacing the oil might take several days. Let's pray it has actually been displaced already.

Update, 11 a.m. CDT: "'Top kill' halts flow of oil and gas, admiral says."
Reporting from Houma, La. Engineers have succeeded in stopping the flow of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico from a gushing BP well, the federal government's top oil spill commander, Adm. Thad Allen, said Thursday morning.

The so-called "top kill" effort, launched Wednesday afternoon by industry and government engineers in Houston, has pumped enough drilling fluid to block all oil and gas from the well, Allen said. The pressure from the well is very low, but persistent, he said.

Once engineers have reduced the well pressure to zero, they will begin to pump cement into the hole to entomb the well. To help that effort, he said, engineers are also pumping some debris into the blowout preventer at the top of the well.
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