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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.


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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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To: SeekAndFind

“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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To: Paladin2

http://bp.concerts.com/gom/kentwells_update24052010.htm


21 posted on 05/27/2010 12:12:02 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SunkenCiv; sonofstrangelove

I wonder if they are speaking too soon?


22 posted on 05/27/2010 12:12:40 PM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: crusty old prospector

I hadn’t heard that they started pumping the cement in yet. I thought they needed to keep pumping the heavy mud until the upward pressure from the oil reaches zero before doing that.


23 posted on 05/27/2010 12:12:41 PM PDT by savedbygrace (Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord)
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To: SeekAndFind; STARWISE; Liz; onyx; maggief

Wish it was as easy to stop the flow FROM Mexico!


24 posted on 05/27/2010 12:12:41 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Then what the hell is spewing out of the hole??!!


25 posted on 05/27/2010 12:12:42 PM PDT by my small voice (A biased media and an uneducated public is the biggest threat to our democracy)
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To: kbennkc

Um, why is stuff still coming out if it is plugged?

I wouldn’t consider it a success until it is PLUGGED and NOTHING is coming out!

Not mud, not cement, and certainly not OIL!


26 posted on 05/27/2010 12:13:20 PM PDT by a real Sheila (Just my 2 cents!)
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To: SeekAndFind
"government engineers"

Funny, not one mention of this specie of animal until the great 0 so spake today.

27 posted on 05/27/2010 12:13:28 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Another day, another injury, another step closer. Are you prepared?)
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To: throwback

“The government did nothing.”

Well, the govt DID cause BP to wait until today to try the TopKill. So, in effect, the govt created this devestation by standing in the way.


28 posted on 05/27/2010 12:13:40 PM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: MsLady
Thank God!!!

No, thank ME!


29 posted on 05/27/2010 12:13:59 PM PDT by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: SeekAndFind

I hope the engineers and other assorted working stiffs get the credit for figuring this out. I can’t imagine how hard they must have worked.


30 posted on 05/27/2010 12:14:00 PM PDT by Cloverfarm (This too shall pass ...)
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To: PMAS

LOL


31 posted on 05/27/2010 12:14:07 PM PDT by RedRedRose
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To: my small voice
Then what the hell is spewing out of the hole??!!

Obama's promises.

32 posted on 05/27/2010 12:14:25 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Another day, another injury, another step closer. Are you prepared?)
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To: PMAS
Baraq Petroleum!

We salute you!

33 posted on 05/27/2010 12:14:49 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: colorado tanker

[Well, betcha this just went from a BP to an Obama operation. ]

Oh it did. The Obama administration was there at every step, with their slippers on the neck of BP.


34 posted on 05/27/2010 12:14:54 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: wxgesr
I stand corrected.
35 posted on 05/27/2010 12:15:11 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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To: All

wonderful now we have an Obama BS gusher.


36 posted on 05/27/2010 12:16:13 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SeekAndFind

BP Engineers succeed in stopping oil flow in Gulf of Mexico.

XXXX

Engineers...Schmengineers.

Everyone knows it was those ever-constructive, career bureaucrats and Ivy League lawyers in this productive, hard-working Administration.

Is there ANYTHING they can’t do better than the schmucks in the private sector?

We’re lucky to have them......


37 posted on 05/27/2010 12:16:52 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: SeekAndFind
Looks like something just blew around 3:15pm EST. This vid is much different than the one from just a few minutes ago.

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

38 posted on 05/27/2010 12:17:26 PM PDT by Pete (exponential problems require exponential solutions : 29thday.org)
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To: throwback

“I stand corrected.”

Man, you’re easy....but with my profound sense of logic and common sense, I see why one would capitulate so quickly.

Now, let me at ObommieDaCommie!


39 posted on 05/27/2010 12:17:32 PM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: Freddd
Really?

What/who are you listening to?

40 posted on 05/27/2010 12:17:35 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: SeekAndFind; All

I am watching the live feed web cam from the broken pipes & there is still oil & gas coming out. How can it be fixed, when there is still stuff coming out.......


41 posted on 05/27/2010 12:17:50 PM PDT by TMSuchman (John 15;13 & Exodus 21:22-25)
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To: SeekAndFind
If there's any mud left over there is another Hole that I would like to plug!

It spews greasy lies!

42 posted on 05/27/2010 12:19:03 PM PDT by Young Werther ("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
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To: ozzymandus

And yet, they didn’t give Bush credit when Katrina stopped blowing.


43 posted on 05/27/2010 12:19:19 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: throwback
Any mention of the government playing a role is a lie

Well now you have really disillusioned me. I was just basking in the security of knowing that the Feds were experts in deep water drilling and production technology.

44 posted on 05/27/2010 12:20:29 PM PDT by Timocrat
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To: EyeGuy
Everyone knows it was those ever-constructive, career bureaucrats and Ivy League lawyers in this productive, hard-working Administration.

As delustional as they are, I'm sure they actually believe deep down that they sued the well into submission. BP just helped with some of the lifting.
45 posted on 05/27/2010 12:20:43 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: penelopesire
One of the things to keep your eyes on is how terribly slow the federal permitting processes are ~ even in the face of a clear and present danger.

Those permits are supposed to facilitate regulatory processes ~ and when you tell folks up the line that's not what's happening, they usually give you the fish-eye and suggest you are not intelligent enough to comprehend the issues here.

You'll see various Obamistas over the next few months explaining why they dragged their feet and saying "but it was good for you".

It's moments like these that PROVE why not having qualified people on the job at the top of the agencies involved in the disaster is a really bad idea. Maybe James Carville can figure it out, but it seems like the Democrat party is satisfied to let one of its many "special interests" provide a guy/gal with a passing interest in the topic and then give him/her the job. They then stand around ignoring that person's performance no matter what happens. In the meantime small-business people, workers, farmers, mothers, widows, infants and children can suffer while their President takes yet another vacation somewhere.

46 posted on 05/27/2010 12:21:24 PM PDT by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: SeekAndFind
What an amazing President! He speaks, and it is done!

/s

47 posted on 05/27/2010 12:21:55 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Chuck Norris wears Jack Bauer pajamas.)
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To: SeekAndFind
OK! Now he can start working on the cap for crude prices because of this:

President Obama plans to extend a moratorium on new offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and on the North Slope of Alaska through the end of 2010.

Let's see if his Muslim buddies in the ME will help him with that task....

48 posted on 05/27/2010 12:21:58 PM PDT by SouthTexas (Congress is out of order!)
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To: SeekAndFind

So when does the concrete get pumped in?
Once that is set, we can breathe easier I would think.


49 posted on 05/27/2010 12:22:00 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland
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To: Paladin2

Thanks for the link


50 posted on 05/27/2010 12:23:43 PM PDT by united1000
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