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BP attempts top kill and junk shot procedures to plug the well

After several failed attempts at stopping the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, BP started the top kill procedure on Wednesday in hopes of sealing the well shut permanently with cement. But BP PLC's Chief Executive Tony Hayward said that this procedure only had "a 60 to 70 percent chance of long-term success."

The top kill procedure is a process where heavy fluid under pressure is pumped into the broken blowout preventer. The idea is that the heavy fluid should counteract the pressure of the oil and suppress it back into the well where cement will be injected to seal it. 

In the early stages of the top kill procedure, BP noticed that the heavy fluid, or kill mud, was flowing up to the surface and out to sea rather than pressing down into the well. Their resolution was the junk shot procedure, which is a maneuver BP officials have compared to "plugging up a toilet" with shredded rubber tires, golf balls and pieces of rope that are being pumped into the well. BP has reported that there were some indications that the junk shot was helping.

Hayward mentioned that it could take as long as 48 hours to conclude whether the top kill procedure is a success or not, but BP engineers have stated that oil stop flowing out of the well they pump the kill mud into it. Yet, the kill mud hasn't overwhelmed the oil completely and the well is certainly not ready for the cement seal.

BP said the total cost to respond to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill so far is $930 million. This figure includes federal costs and claims paid. 

President Barack Obama took full responsibility for what has become the worst oil spill in U.S. history, and went to Fourchon Beach in Louisiana to supervise the spill effort. 

Thad Allen, Coast Guard admiral in charge of the spill response, said he was "very encouraged" that BP was able to weigh the oil down, but "the real question is, can we sustain it."

"That will be the critical issue going though the next 12 to 18 hours," said Allen.

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Give a f*ckin' break!!
By blueboy09 on 5/28/2010 6:40:45 PM , Rating: 2
It's really BP that should assume responsibility, and not so much Obama. After all, it was BP that should've had preventive measures in the 1st place to begin with, and they are the ones largely responsible for the construction of each and every one of those wells out there (including contractors and sub-contractors of other companies who built it along with them). WTF is the matter w/this country? When the tsunami in Thailand occured, it only took us a couple of days to get relief for them, yet it took us 5 days, 5 DAYS to get water to the Superdome when Katrina hit. I'm very dissapointed w/the government and BP for not having strict guildlines for these rigs. Cutting corners is NOT THE ANSWER! Just ask the local out in Louisiana, Alabama, and even Mississippi. I guarantee, GUARANTEE you that they'll say the same thing, and it's a hard thing to tell the children of those parents affected that we don't have any money to survive because of some stupid and careless act that could have been prevented. - BLUEBOY

RE: Give a f*ckin' break!!
By Reclaimer77 on 5/29/2010 9:27:49 AM , Rating: 1
That's not exactly what Obama did. After 5 weeks of ZERO government action, he claimed that they have been in charge of this since "day one". I don't actually recall him "taking responsibility", more like taking credit and diverting logic. He put it in such a way that if things go right, it's because they were in "charge", but if they go wrong, it's because BP didn't "work with" the Coast Guard and the Interior Office enough. He even went so far as to say that BP has done "nothing" without Government or Coast Guard approving it. Which we KNOW to be a lie. The Government has completely abandoned BP to deal with this on their own.

The press conference really was a total disaster. Obama seems to think that, even if there is well documented history to show otherwise, he can simply claim whatever he wants and it becomes truth. Or that at least enough morons will buy what he's selling so that the truth doesn't even matter anymore.

RE: Give a f*ckin' break!!
By blueboy09 on 5/30/2010 2:32:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, pretty much the truth about his conference. He's isn't very honest about what he says, but I don't know any politician who does anyways. Our government is so ass backwards that you can't tell who tells the truth half the time. - BLUEBOY

RE: Give a f*ckin' break!!
By karielash on 5/31/2010 4:01:18 AM , Rating: 1

No, it's really the US Senate that for the last 10 years has passed laws on behalf of the Oil industry in return for large 'donations' with absolutely no regard whatsoever for anything accept their pockets. In any other walk of life the recipients of the large sums of money would have been thrown in jail for accepting bribes.

RE: Give a f*ckin' break!!
PR at it's best/worst
By rcc on 5/28/2010 6:18:01 PM , Rating: 2
President Barack Obama took full responsibility for what has become the worst oil spill in U.S. history, and went to Fourchon Beach in Louisiana to supervise the spill effort.

Gotta love politicians. I'm sure having him there will seriously help matters.

Note to all politicians....during an emergency, stay home and send people that can actually help. When it's over and done with, you can go collect your PR brownie points and photo ops.

But I will give him a couple of points for assuming responsibility.

How can
By Etern205 on 5/28/2010 6:49:32 PM , Rating: 2
this method be like clogging a toilet?
The water in a toilet isn't blowing out 1,000 gallons per minute, it's clam. It's more like clogging up a broken water pipe.

More criticism plz
By Proxicon on 5/30/2010 11:32:01 AM , Rating: 2
When are people going to totally blame Obama for mismanagement of this disaster like they crucified Bush for Katrina?

People who deny that media coverage is biased are assholes.

"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home

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