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BP has almost stopped the flow of oil, will finish a permanent relief well in a couple months

With over 5,000 barrels of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico every day after the oil well leak on April 20, eight senators are contemplating pressing criminal and civil charges against BP. In the mean time, BP is scrambling to find solutions to what could be considered one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history.

BP Plc., Transocean Ltd., and Halliburton Co. attended two separate hearings in Washington D.C. on May 11 and another on May 12. Congress questioned the events that led to the leak and what actions BP is taking to repair the well that killed 11 people, put many fisherman out of work, and caused the spread of oil to surrounding waters threatening wildlife (which prompted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association to increase the ban of fishing area in the Gulf from seven percent to 19 percent). 

"We've seen the most catastrophic possibilities and it seems to me like they're flailing around going from one thing to another not really knowing what in fact is necessary to stop this, short of that relief well that will just take way too long," said Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ).

BP first tried to funnel the oil to ships using a 98-tonne "top hat" dome on the seabed floor, and due to large hydrate volumes, the dome clogged. More recently, a smaller, one mile long funnel was set in its place was will collect some of the oil approximately 5,000 feet below the surface. A heavy mud mixture will be pumped into the well's blowout preventer in preparation for cement to seal the well permanently. In addition, as Menendez stated above, BP plans to drill a relief well that could take as long as 80 days to construct. 

BP's latest efforts include the riser insertion tube tool (RITT) containment system, and according to BP's official website, it was "put into place in the end of the leaking riser" and "is operational." This tool is collecting 2,000 barrels a day, and produced oil is being stored in ships above surface. The senators question BP's "proven technology and equipment" during this time.

"While I always hope for the best, this is looking like really out-of-control bad," said Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

While BP's new developments will help clear some of the damage, new problems arise with problems concerning where the oil will travel to next. Considering BP's history with oil-related accidents, these eight senators will surely ride the company's coattails through the rest of this investigation and certainly through a criminal trial.



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RE: Shoving off the blame
By room200 on 5/20/2010 11:04:23 AM , Rating: 1
Get your "news" and opinions from somebody other that Rush Limbaugh. Seriously, I heard him making that stupid ass argument the other day all in the effort to to deflect attention from BP. Some of you are so damn gullible.

Furthermore, the technology championed was for deeper drilling (5000 feet down). If they drill 5000 feet down closer to the shore, that only means that if there is a catastrophy like this one, oil will hit the shoreline even faster.

Also, we need to create a new name for this disaster and stop calling it a "spill". A spill assumes a finite amount of oil from a container. We don't know what the hell this is.


RE: Shoving off the blame
By The0ne on 5/20/2010 1:03:28 PM , Rating: 2
It's already a "disaster". That, in my book, is pretty bad already. Having it be a natural disaster with the nations resources at hand to assist should be an indication that is extremely bad. Having other nations help out elevates it even further. Being seen via satellite is cool but at the same time gruesome :)

People calling it a spill are just clueless to be honest. It's like say Katrina was just a raindrop :D


RE: Shoving off the blame
By Duwelon on 5/20/2010 10:39:30 PM , Rating: 2
You dont see any irony in the Obama admin praising the technology last year that has allowed this disaster to be so uncontrollable? Even if you did you obviously don't want to admit it.

Typical ignorant liberal reply. Maybe Rush said it, but that doesn't make it automatically false like your side wants your sheep to believe. The point is that some risks increase the further out you go and some decrease. Drilling closer to shore often means more shallow water, greatly reducing the difficulty of getting to the oil in question, as well as reducing difficulty in fixing leaks. Other countries are happily drilling along the coast except for the US without incident. So with the leadership of Obama, we're going to have a bunch of hippies championing this disaster for the political gain like the dems have been doing all along: No offshore drilling because afterall, it leads to oil spills! Then they'll parade a little kid out like they do with every issue, for CNN and MSNBC to see teh kid ask Obama "Are you going to let the gweedy oil companies flood my mommy's town on the beach with oil?" Obama will say "of course not sonny", and the hearts (but not minds) will be swayed.


RE: Shoving off the blame
By room200 on 5/21/2010 1:32:19 PM , Rating: 1
Please, we don't want to talk about typical responses. I find it interesting that people like you never can admit that anything is business's fault. Government is good for nothing, you bash the government, until you need it. Then you cloak yourself in the American flag. It's really sick.


RE: Shoving off the blame
By Duwelon on 5/21/2010 2:27:33 PM , Rating: 2
Wtf? Your use of generalities fits your obama teet sucking view quite well. Nowhere did I say bp doesn't share blame but batsh*t crazies can't help from ascribing their twisted reality on others.


RE: Shoving off the blame
By room200 on 5/21/2010 1:40:15 PM , Rating: 1
You dont see any irony in the Obama admin praising the technology last year that has allowed this disaster to be so uncontrollable? Even if you did you obviously don't want to admit it.

Uhhh, what the hell does that mean? What do you mean that his championing the technology "allowed" the disaster to happen. This rig has been drilling since 2001.


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