last week's disappointing endeavor with the top
kill procedure, BP has placed a containment cap over the leaking
well pipe on Thursday with intentions of ceasing at least 90 percent
of the flow of oil into the ocean.
the use of robot
submarines, BP was able to cut the remains of the damaged riser
pipe and lower the containment cap over the leaking pipe successfully
before 10 p.m. on Thursday. With the cap in place, the company plans
to funnel some of the oil into a large hose that carries it from the
seabed to the surface where ships will collect and remove it.
do have a cap successfully in place," said Doug Suttles, BP
Chief Operating Officer. "I'd like to see us capture 90 plus
percent of this flow. I think that's possible with this design.
course, what we have to do is work through the next 24 or 48 hours to
optimize that. But that would be the goal...we want to stop this oil
from spilling to the sea."
the last two weeks, the oil has reached the barrier islands of
Alabama and Mississippi, and this morning it reached the Florida
the cap is in place, it isn't
a permanent fix. According to U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen,
BP failed to cut the pipe on Wednesday with a precision diamond-edged
cutter and instead had to go with a rougher cut with shears. Such a
jagged cut means that a rubber seal will not fit as tight as they
need it to be, hence, the containment cap will not hold the contents
of the leak completely. The well may not be entirely sealed off until
the relief well is complete in August.
next 12 to 24 hours will give us an indication of how successful this
attempt will be," said Tony Hayward, BP CEO.
addition to desperately seeking out solution after solution to this
oil crisis, BP is also making a national ad campaign to tell America
they're sorry for what they've done, and that they'll "make it
right." At the same time, BP
protesters are launching a Seize BP campaign, and they plan
to have one week of demonstrations in more than 50 U.S. cities.
Florida to Seattle, Washington, from Hawaii to New York, all over
California and many, many states across the country, people will be
taking to the streets over the next week to demand that the assets of
BP be seized now," said Richard Becker, a member of the San
Francisco chapter of the group.
the only ones displeased with BP's actions. President Barack
Obama recently told Larry King that BP is responsible for causing the
spill and for paying cleanup costs, and his "job is to make sure
they're being held accountable." Obama will be returning
to Louisiana Friday to examine the latest efforts.
White House recently gave Louisiana residents the approval to dredge
up walls of sand offshore to keep oil from hitting land, as
long as BP funds the project with $360 million. According to Gov.
Bobby Jindal, BP hasn't given a dime to the project yet, though they
claim to have established a "$360 million escrow account to fund
construction of the six sections of Louisiana barrier islands."
quote: until the batteries can last 300+ miles on a charge
quote: Nuclear is neither clean or abundant.
quote: Also many European countries are getting rid of their nuclear programs
quote: In terms of the actual volume of waste, it is quite small in the grand scheme of things.
quote: The waste products of by IFR reactors either have a short halflife, which means that it quickly "burns out" and ends up relatively safe, or a long halflife, which means that they are unlikely to emit a significant amount of protons except from very large quantities. The volume of highly-radioactive waste is 1/20th the volume as compared to a light water plant of the same size. The high level waste from reprocessing is highly radioactive for only 400 years instead of 10,000 years.
quote: In traditional water-cooled reactors the core must be maintained at a high pressure to keep the water liquid at high temperatures. In contrast, since the IFR is a liquid metal cooled reactor, the core could operate at close to ambient pressure, dramatically reducing the danger of a loss of coolant accident.
quote: The IFR also utilizes a passively safe fuel configuration. The fuel and cladding are designed such that when they expand due to increased temperatures, more neutrons would be able to escape the core, thus reducing the rate of the fission chain reaction. At sufficiently high temperatures, this effect would stop the reactor even without external action from operators or safety systems. This was demonstrated in a series of safety tests on the prototype.
quote: IFRs use virtually all of the energy content in the uranium fuel whereas a traditional light water reactor uses less than 1% of that energy content. This means that breeder reactors can power the energy needs of the planet for over a billion years. 
quote: Well I think your comment shouldn't be a -1 and I anticipate the rate down at some point, so I rated it up lol.
quote: Right, because nukes are perfectly safe too right
quote: According to U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, BP failed to cut the pipe on Wednesday with a precision diamond-edged cutter and instead had to go with a rougher cut with shears. Such a jagged cut means that a rubber seal will not fit as tight as they need it to be, hence, the containment cap will not hold the contents of the leak completely.
quote: is it not possible for them to just cut their losses for now and just put a solid clamped lid or such on the now cut pipe? or is there a pressure/difficulty factor i don't know of?
quote: Perhaps the only real necessary change to standard operating procedure is to have a backup blowout preventer required for all new wells,
quote: one using an entirely different means of communication so that it could still be controlled even if regular mechanisms failed. Wasn't there something in the news about such a device, already in use elsewhere, that was controlled ACOUSTICALLY?