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Breaking: “Top kill” worked !! (BP Engineers succeed in stopping oil flow in Gulf of Mexico)
Hotair ^ | 5/27/2010 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 05/27/2010 12:05:47 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

British Petroleum and the federal government are both claiming victory today after an experimental process to stop the flow of oil from a blowout in the Gulf appears to have succeeded. The “top kill” process dumped mud into the broken pipe, effectively snuffing out the spewing of thousands of barrels of oil (via Instapundit):

Engineers have succeeded in stopping the flow of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico from a gushing BP well, the federal government’s top oil spill commander, Adm. Thad Allen, said Thursday morning.

The so-called “top kill” effort, launched Wednesday afternoon by industry and government engineers in Houston, has pumped enough drilling fluid to block all oil and gas from the well, Allen said. The pressure from the well is very low, but persistent, he said.

Once engineers have reduced the well pressure to zero, they will begin to pump cement into the hole to entomb the well. To help that effort, he said, engineers are also pumping some debris into the blowout preventer at the top of the well.

That’s pretty good timing for today’s presser, but undeniably just great news altogether. It verifies a more or less speculative solution that apparently was the last guess at stopping the oil. “Top kill” had worked at much shallower depths in the past, but so had the bell cap process, too, which turned out to be unsuitable for 5,000 feet.

However, the trouble may not yet be past. The ship pumping the mud has run out of material; a second ship is on the way. The shell of mud may still blow open from the upward pressure, but that could be resolved by more applications of “top kill.”

Now all that is left is the cleanup — and that will take much, much longer than plugging the leak did. Expect this to drag on for months and perhaps years.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bloggers; bp; deephorz; energy; oil; oilspill; topkill
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1 posted on 05/27/2010 12:05:47 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

0bama WUZ RIGHT!


2 posted on 05/27/2010 12:06:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2522179/posts


3 posted on 05/27/2010 12:07:14 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Are You Ready?)
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To: SeekAndFind

It was the bullcra* from the Obama press-conference that did it... they somehow piped it down into the hole and voila!


4 posted on 05/27/2010 12:07:43 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: SeekAndFind
So everything in this live vid is mud? Maybe. I guess when this stops we will know the pressure is zero.

http://www.bp.com/liveassets/bp_internet/globalbp/globalbp_uk_english/homepage/STAGING/local_assets/bp_homepage/html/rov_stream.html

5 posted on 05/27/2010 12:08:07 PM PDT by Pete (exponential problems require exponential solutions : 29thday.org)
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To: SeekAndFind
I hope it holds and is viewed as a triumph of industrial know how . Fat freakin chance .
6 posted on 05/27/2010 12:08:08 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: SeekAndFind
Well, betcha this just went from a BP to an Obama operation.
7 posted on 05/27/2010 12:08:10 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: SeekAndFind

Thank God!!!


8 posted on 05/27/2010 12:08:12 PM PDT by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: Paladin2

The enigneers who fixed this were, 0 just flows along. Sorta like an oil slick.


9 posted on 05/27/2010 12:08:13 PM PDT by Mmogamer (<This space for lease>)
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To: SeekAndFind

Except it’s still GUSHING.


10 posted on 05/27/2010 12:08:18 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

And had the Obama Admin given BP the green light for “top kill” from day one we would even have such a massive spill. OBAMA FAIL!!!


11 posted on 05/27/2010 12:08:28 PM PDT by avacado
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To: Paladin2

The do nothing dip sh** did nothing.


12 posted on 05/27/2010 12:08:31 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: SeekAndFind

I still think they need to have Spent Uranium mud to provide maximum density.


13 posted on 05/27/2010 12:08:36 PM PDT by Paladin2
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“However, the trouble may not yet be past. The ship pumping the mud has run out of material; a second ship is on the way.”

Hope they aren’t waiting on some bureaucratic approval yet again....(eye roll)


14 posted on 05/27/2010 12:09:08 PM PDT by penelopesire ("Did you plug the hole yet daddy?")
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To: SeekAndFind
Watch Obama take credit for BP’s work. Watch the MSM congratulate Obama for “fixing it”.
15 posted on 05/27/2010 12:09:18 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Freddd

That’s drilling mud. They are holding back pressure on the cement plug until it hardens.


16 posted on 05/27/2010 12:09:25 PM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: SeekAndFind
"The ship pumping the mud has run out of material; a second ship is on the way."

Uh, they had a second ship on site ready to pump mud.

17 posted on 05/27/2010 12:09:33 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Allz he had to do was show up...


18 posted on 05/27/2010 12:09:35 PM PDT by Post5203 (Let's make election 2010 EJECTION 2010. Time for a complete do-over.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I knew Obama could do it


19 posted on 05/27/2010 12:10:52 PM PDT by PMAS
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To: SeekAndFind

BP fixed it. The government did nothing. Any mention of the government playing a role is a lie.


20 posted on 05/27/2010 12:11:43 PM PDT by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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