You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Reply #17: BP delays attempt to plug leak with mud [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU
CLANG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-23-10 03:05 AM
Response to Original message
17. BP delays attempt to plug leak with mud

ROBERT, La. - It will be at least Tuesday before engineers can shoot mud into a blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, BP said Friday in yet another delay in the monthlong effort to stop the oil that is now washing into wetlands and onto at least one public beach.

A so-called "top kill" has been tried on land but never 5,000 feet underwater, so scientists and engineers have spent the past week preparing and taking measurements to make sure it will stop the oil that has been spewing into the sea for a month. They originally hoped to try it as early as this weekend.

BP spokesman Tom Mueller said there was no snag in the preparations, but that the company must get equipment in place and finish tests before the procedure can begin. BP already has three deepwater rigs and other equipment near the blown-out well.


Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said Friday that a mile-long tube inserted into the leaking pipe is sucking about 92,400 gallons of oil a day to the surface, a figure much lower than the 210,000 gallons a day the company said the tube was sucking up Thursday. Suttles said the higher number is the most the tube has been sucking up at any one time, while the lower number is the average.


No comment....
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
  -BP says top kill unlikely before Tuesday in Gulf oil spill Barrett808  May-21-10 02:47 PM   #0 
  - Huh. Guess they're changing their story. How strange . . . .  hatrack   May-21-10 02:48 PM   #1 
  - Yeah, they will probably say they were initially misquoted/misunderstood!  RKP5637   May-21-10 02:52 PM   #3 
  - Deleted sub-thread  Name removed   May-21-10 02:52 PM   #2 
  - Thank God we're saved!  RUMMYisFROSTED   May-21-10 02:55 PM   #4 
  - why would anyone listen to them at this point  barbtries   May-21-10 03:00 PM   #5 
  - Maybe if we all think positively towards this action of theirs  Trillo   May-21-10 03:04 PM   #6 
  - and if we all clap, tinkerbell won't die?  Lerkfish   May-21-10 03:33 PM   #8 
     - who said anything about tinkerbell? nt  Trillo   May-21-10 05:04 PM   #14 
        - cultural reference fail  Lerkfish   May-23-10 06:45 AM   #21 
        - Here, let me Google that for you  Frank Cannon   May-23-10 07:22 AM   #23 
  - Delicate procedure? Please. nt  thereismore   May-21-10 03:21 PM   #7 
  - I've heard this is their 'Hail Mary' play.  Brother Buzz   May-21-10 03:38 PM   #9 
     - Well...  kenfrequed   May-21-10 03:44 PM   #11 
     - That $75 million limit for offshore spills does not apply to suits brought under state law.  Brother Buzz   May-21-10 04:13 PM   #12 
        - IIRC, the $75M limit doesn't apply in cases of willful negligence.  backscatter712   May-23-10 11:23 AM   #24 
     - Because they did not want to plug a hole they drilled at some expense. Plus,  thereismore   May-21-10 04:43 PM   #13 
  - "hopes" will stop the oil.  paparush   May-21-10 03:39 PM   #10 
  - Please let it be successful.  HCE SuiGeneris   May-21-10 05:34 PM   #15 
  - I haven't prayed in a long time,  tango-tee   May-23-10 06:52 AM   #22 
     - I am  Delphinus   May-23-10 03:46 PM   #25 
  - I sincerely hope it works...  ljm2002   May-21-10 06:42 PM   #16 
  - BP delays attempt to plug leak with mud  CLANG   May-23-10 03:05 AM   #17 
     - They do need to make sure they don't blow up the blowout preventer.  backscatter712   May-23-10 03:05 AM   #18 
        - they have to inject the drilling mud @ pressures greater than what the oil ...  Botany   May-23-10 03:05 AM   #19 
        - "shooting drilling mud into ... BP at insanely high pressures" Sounds good to me.  boppers   May-23-10 03:05 AM   #20 

Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC