Skip to comments.Breaking: “Top kill” worked !! (BP Engineers succeed in stopping oil flow in Gulf of Mexico)
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.
0bama WUZ RIGHT!
It was the bullcra* from the Obama press-conference that did it... they somehow piped it down into the hole and voila!
The enigneers who fixed this were, 0 just flows along. Sorta like an oil slick.
Except it’s still GUSHING.
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!!!
The do nothing dip sh** did nothing.
I still think they need to have Spent Uranium mud to provide maximum density.
“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)
That’s drilling mud. They are holding back pressure on the cement plug until it hardens.
Uh, they had a second ship on site ready to pump mud.
Allz he had to do was show up...
I knew Obama could do it
BP fixed it. The government did nothing. Any mention of the government playing a role is a lie.