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kgrandia Donating Member (403 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 08:14 PM
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BP officially ditches "Operation Top Hat" Moves to Insertion Tube to Stop Oil Spill
The Deepwater Horizon Incident Response Center has just issued an update saying that their plans to use a containment dome to contain the estimated 70,000 barrel-a-day oil leak have been scrapped as the "next course of action."

BP - the company responsible for the containment of this leak - is now opting to use an "insertion tube" that will be pushed into the pipe using a remote controlled vehicle.

More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-grandia/bp-official...
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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 08:17 PM
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1. I have some ideas for things to insert into those greedy
bastards....
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rrneck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 08:20 PM
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3. Gotta be quick around here. nt
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PJPhreak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 08:30 PM
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7. Like this...


And no Vasoline or KY
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Kutjara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 08:19 PM
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2. When does "Operation Shit Your Pants" start?
I'm guessing that's the overall project name.
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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 08:25 PM
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4. I live about 300 yards from the Gulf and have been shitting my
pants about this since the first day. The exodus from Florida, should this thing get into the loop current, will make the Dust Bowl "Okies" look like a school field trip. Thanks to Bush I have lost most of the equity in my house-BP is going to take the rest it seems.
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Kutjara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 08:31 PM
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8. What a mess.
I was going to say it's absolutely unbelievable that this kind of incompetence could exist, but then I remembered that, in our corporate kleptocracy, "incompetence" is just another word for cutting costs and increasing profits.
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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 08:25 PM
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5. I don't under stand why this wasn't done from the beginning.
They could mount a tapered collar around the drill stem(think in flight refueling), insert pipe into the annulus with a smaller and smaller chokes(similar to a shotgun choke) into the well reducing the flow slowly as not to "water hammer" the pipe causing it to burst. Eventually, IMO, you could then put a final plug into the annulus.

Seems no less difficult then the rest of the ideas that have been floated.
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AlinPA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 09:00 PM
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9. I don't understand it either.
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flamingdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 08:25 PM
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6. I'd sooner trust Top Cat (remember him?) nt
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 09:32 PM
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10. that's what I called our family cat
...because I didn't know the difference between a tom cat and top cat. I was real small.
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