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BP puts containment dome on gushing oil geyser
The Washington Post ^ | June 4, 2010 | Joel Achenbach

Posted on 06/03/2010 10:33:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The well has been capped, more or less. BP engineers Thursday night guided a containment dome onto the hydrocarbon geyser shooting from the Gulf of Mexico oil well -- a desperate and iffy attempt to capture the leaking oil and funnel it to a ship on the surface.

It was not an elegant operation. Furious clouds of oil escaped the "top hat." Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the national incident commander for the spill, called the development a positive step but said, "It will be sometime before we can confirm that this method will work and to what extent it will mitigate the release of oil into the environment."

It was a day crammed with engineering drama. First, BP used robotic vehicles and a pair of giant shears to cut a damaged pipe a mile below the gulf's surface. The result simplified the whole arrangement at the sea floor: Instead of spewing from multiple leaks in a tangle of bent pipes, the oil and natural gas surged in a single plume from what looked like a deep-sea smokestack.

Then came the dome, lowered by cables, guided by robots, illuminated by lamps in a world without natural light, and carrying with it the hopes of countless engineers and pretty much the entire Gulf Coast.

Nothing has gone according to plan in the subsea environment as, on the surface, the oil has hit more than 100 miles of Louisiana shoreline. After brushing a barrier island in Alabama, it is poised to tar the white sand beaches of the Florida Panhandle. The area of the gulf closed to fishing is now larger than the state of Florida.(continued)

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: energy; obama; oil; oilspill; slowtorespond
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1 posted on 06/03/2010 10:33:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s hope this thing is sealed.


2 posted on 06/03/2010 10:36:29 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good on them. I hope it works.


3 posted on 06/03/2010 10:36:29 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>> Furious clouds of oil escaped the “top hat.”

In other words, “Obama clouds of oil...”


4 posted on 06/03/2010 10:36:34 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Does this mean that Anderson Cooper can finally come home?


5 posted on 06/03/2010 10:38:33 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

“Does this mean that Anderson Cooper can finally come home?”

I’m sure his girlfriend is missing him


6 posted on 06/03/2010 10:40:28 PM PDT by mainsail that
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To: pepsionice

One can only hope!


7 posted on 06/03/2010 10:40:36 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: pepsionice

Anderson Cooper is doing a great job reporting on the spill. I hope he gets to come home soon.


8 posted on 06/03/2010 10:40:37 PM PDT by jpsb
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://mxl.fi/bpfeeds2/

Is the Wash Post lying for Obama as usual? Looks like the oil is still spewing.

Man if they would have just done the job right and BP had not tried to cut corners they would be raking the dough in on all that oil spewing out like a firehose. Stupid.


9 posted on 06/03/2010 10:41:31 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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From what I’m seeing on the live BP video feed, it looks like the gushing has worsened.


10 posted on 06/03/2010 10:42:14 PM PDT by Kevin in California
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Looks like total fail to me.


11 posted on 06/03/2010 10:42:46 PM PDT by SoCalConstitutionalist
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To: Frantzie

“Man if they would have just done the job right...”

Yep. If they had just listened to the Driller and the mudman, this may not have happened. They had been battling over-pressures for quite awhile.

I think the cap over the top is one major step in the midst of a bunch of other steps. It is not to “cap” the well, but seems to be a funnel that now they will attach a hose to to bring the oil up to ships. With hopes of 80% capture. (20% still leaking into the water).


12 posted on 06/03/2010 10:46:31 PM PDT by 21twelve ( UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES MY ARSE: "..now begin the work of remaking America."-Obama, 1/20/09)
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To: mainsail that; pepsionice
“Does this mean that Anderson Cooper can finally come home?”

I’m sure his girlfriend boyfriend is missing him

Ms. Cooper can oil himself up for him.

13 posted on 06/03/2010 10:47:28 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Frantzie
If BP failed then people are going to see even more oil in the water and on the beaches.


A brown pelican covered in oil sits on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on Thursday, June 3, 2010.

14 posted on 06/03/2010 10:47:57 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (11/03/2010 - What did Obama know and when did he know it?)
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To: jpsb

He’s a idiot. I watched him for ten minutes and it was all I could take. The misinformation was the worst reporting I have ever witnessed.


15 posted on 06/03/2010 10:48:57 PM PDT by Cold Heat
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To: Frantzie

I suppose it will be spewing until BP can tap the top cap.


16 posted on 06/03/2010 10:49:05 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Berlin_Freeper

It is a shame that this has happened.


17 posted on 06/03/2010 10:50:29 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Apparently this is the method BP wanted to try first, weeks ago, and the Obama Administration micromanaged their way into forcing them to exhaust other options instead. “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” right? Now the long drug-out disaster is being blamed as a reason to shut down oil exploration and drilling in favor of “safer” green technology. Do it for the children. And baby seals.


18 posted on 06/03/2010 10:50:39 PM PDT by shezza (Blue star wife - God bless and keep safe our troops in harm's way.)
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To: Cold Heat

Hmmm, what was he getting wrong? I bounce between him and Greta but I thought he was doing a good job. What am I missing?


19 posted on 06/03/2010 10:51:33 PM PDT by jpsb
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I don't care about no "top hat". I gots my $69 million from BP, and I'm ready to par-tay!"



20 posted on 06/03/2010 10:52:18 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Gene Eric

...In other words, “Obama clouds of oil...”
.........

No!
Not OZer0 fault

OZer0 has never, ever had any employees to manage, not one.

He’s never, ever had to wipe up a spill off his Lemonaid Stand, ‘cause he’s never been qualified to run a lemonaid stand.

He’s a total Zer0, and we and the world are beginning to understand that.

(Now if we could finally get our message to Princess Pelosi, maybe she would understand! - Maybe in November!)


21 posted on 06/03/2010 10:54:19 PM PDT by Noob1999 (LOOSE LIPS, SINK SHIPS)
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To: eyedigress
I understand that this sort of thing can happen but be ready for it.

When Bush was President BP got fined for not operating properly in the Gulf but Obama became President and actually gave BP a saftey award.

22 posted on 06/03/2010 10:54:31 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (11/03/2010 - What did Obama know and when did he know it?)
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To: SoCalConstitutionalist
It will be sometime tomorrow before they can call it a success or just learn from the trial. It takes a long time to spin up the pumps and balance and control things on the surface without blowing up the rig. I would imagine the flare stack is real pretty about now as they vent off the gas.

The oil you see in the water on the ROV cams will look just as bad at 1000 BPD as it does at 5 OR 6 thousand barrels per day. It does not tell you a thing about how much or how little they are pumping.

23 posted on 06/03/2010 10:54:55 PM PDT by Cold Heat
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To: 21twelve

Yup. Those guys are experts. I am no expert but the BP manager had them take the mud out and just rushed it. Sad.

Thanks. I guess the top had is an 80% fix until they have the relief wells drilled.


24 posted on 06/03/2010 10:55:06 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: Cold Heat
I watched him for ten minutes and it was all I could take.

Same here. Cooper was speaking with that"Presidential historian" and full time weasel Douglas Brinkley. All BP. Everything is the fault of BP. Obama and the Federal government and Obama ....well....nevermind about him and it....the problem is how BP is handing this. BP is taking ads out explaining the situation. Terrible, terrible. If BP just...if BP did...BP should...BP, BP, BP...

25 posted on 06/03/2010 10:58:34 PM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I understand the need to politicize it and that is an American tradition in its own right. I just really wish they could get this well saved. It is one hell of a gusher and is creating quite a mess. I pray for BP to get the resolution soon.


26 posted on 06/03/2010 11:00:45 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: shezza

If U.S. officials had followed up on a 1994 response plan for a major Gulf oil spill, it is possible that the spill could have been kept under control and far from land. http://blog.al.com/live/2010/05/fire_boom_oil_spill_raines.html

Obama says that he was in charge since day one, so why hasnt Obama done this?


27 posted on 06/03/2010 11:01:10 PM PDT by ignoramus2010
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To: shezza

“Do it for the children. And baby seals.”

To hell with the childern and turn the seals into coats and dog food!


28 posted on 06/03/2010 11:02:09 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Frantzie

Plus, the BP company man got the gov’t watchdog to sign off on it too. What pisses me off is that they kept on going even after more over-pressure problems kept arising. Arrogant bastard(s).


29 posted on 06/03/2010 11:03:47 PM PDT by 21twelve ( UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES MY ARSE: "..now begin the work of remaking America."-Obama, 1/20/09)
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To: jpsb
Well first he called some dead seagulls Brown Pelicans. Then he went off on BP for not keeping him or anyone else informed about what they were doing when everything he needed to know was on the BP website.

Then he totally misread what he was seeing via the ROV cams and has been doing it for weeks now.

Frankly, none of the media I have watch has been worth a crap. These fools are all reading copy given to them by someone equally if not more ignorant then they are.

Then you add in those ridiculous interviews with the Plaquimines Parish president who had the IQ of a turnip and what else can I say about it.

You would think that with all the oilfield workers they have walking around Grand Isle, that they could find someone, just one person to translate the technical and factual information into something that is understandable for the mass media audience.....but I guess not.

30 posted on 06/03/2010 11:04:10 PM PDT by Cold Heat
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To: Cold Heat

ten minutes!!!! ten? damn, how did you make it passed about the 2 second mark with that rump ranger?....


31 posted on 06/03/2010 11:05:23 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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32 posted on 06/03/2010 11:05:35 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: dalereed
I have eaten a Brown Pelican. Barbecued the sucker.
33 posted on 06/03/2010 11:05:52 PM PDT by Cold Heat
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To: bobby.223
I wanted to see what he was saying tonight. My blood pressure was low and I needed the boost.

Now it's too high again....165/92

34 posted on 06/03/2010 11:07:43 PM PDT by Cold Heat
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To: Cold Heat

Sounds about normal to me.


35 posted on 06/03/2010 11:08:29 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Frantzie

Thanks for the great link. I’ve been looking for a good multiple feeds link.


36 posted on 06/03/2010 11:11:58 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: Cold Heat

LOL!! That is not high tho!.....well, a bit but can you just imagine old Anderson’s BP when his latest butt pirate little boy fails to perform!!!!???


37 posted on 06/03/2010 11:13:18 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: mainsail that

oh you must mean his lesbian cohort on MSNBC, Rachael Maddow.


38 posted on 06/03/2010 11:13:19 PM PDT by Blue Highway ("Judge me by the people with whom I surround myself" Barack Obama, Oct 15, 2008 Presidential debate)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did Daddy plug the hole?


39 posted on 06/03/2010 11:18:33 PM PDT by counterpunch (GOP: Government's Other Party)
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To: ignoramus2010

Obama WANTS the destruction to be as bad as possible and knows the media will protect his image regardless. Now on with pushing Cap & Trade, while clear evidence of WH bribery of politicians barely receives any mention in the lame stream media. There have been enough felonies in the first year of Obama’s reign to have landed Bush impeached and in jail 1,000 times over, and makes Nixon’s actions seem downright trivial by today’s standards (or LACK of them). Clinton lowered the bar on Presidential standards/expectations and under Obama within a year the bar is laying on the floor if not completely removed.


40 posted on 06/03/2010 11:19:19 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: Cold Heat

Marinated (form of the word “Marine”) with oil?


41 posted on 06/03/2010 11:20:23 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hope Obama gets to make his “Thank God I stopped the leak” speech soon.

(Because let’s face it, we all know that’s exactly what he’s gonna do once BP finally fixes this.)


42 posted on 06/03/2010 11:21:58 PM PDT by random_user_827 (Boot to command line and run chkdsk)
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To: historyrepeatz

good thoughts history. Watergate was a complete joke when viewed against the crimes of muslim BOY hussein.


43 posted on 06/03/2010 11:30:47 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: ignoramus2010

The ineptitude, ignorance, “I-don’t-know-what” is REALLY starting to piss me off. This article was written MAY 3rd, and talks about they hope to have several of these fire-proof booms ready to go so. Can burn 75,000 gallons of oil a day off the surface of the ocean.

I have not heard them doing this - ONE FRIGGIN MONTH LATER! I suppose Obama is concerned about the “air pollution” or having to pay Al some carbon credits.


44 posted on 06/03/2010 11:35:26 PM PDT by 21twelve ( UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES MY ARSE: "..now begin the work of remaking America."-Obama, 1/20/09)
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To: Frantzie
I am no expert but the BP manager had them take the mud out and just rushed it. Sad.

Here what I know and it's been a while so things may have changed .....

BP engaged Halliburton to seal the well so that they could transition to production from drilling. This process can't be done with mud in the drill pipe, so they had to either push it down or get it out. After the process was done the rig operator wanted to put mud back in, but the concrete has to cure and it's OK in sea water but to my knowledge it does not cure properly in mud. (at least it did not back in the day) It would venture a guess that this is what the disagreement was all about and in this case you ask for a higher up to make the call based on the subcontractors recommendations.

They made the right call IMO, but the well blew out before the concrete could cure. Something happened down below to put the well out of it's measured pressure ranges. Something that had not happened before.

The rig was lost when the natural gas got into the air intakes for the generators. There are several and they are very big. They overran and went wild, finally disintegrating like bombs. Had there been only oil, this would not have happened.

The real fault for the end result belongs with the BOP or Blowout preventer. These things are supposed to be foolproof. I don't know that there has ever been a failure of a modern BOP. They have all sorts of fail-safes and for some reason, not yet understood, the BOP and all it's safety fail-safes failed miserably.

I have a theory......and I'll mention it for posterity. I think it was a load of bad drill pipe. There has been a rash of bad pipe of all kinds including electrical conduit, schedule 80, and 120 plumbing and industrial pipe and lord knows what else coming from China and other places in Asia.

The composition of pipe is standardized and is supposed to be exact. That is to say that all tools and devices are rated for this pipe or that pipe but not those pipes....and so forth. They are rated for strength ans hardness as well as workability or malleability for cutting and bending as well as resistance to corrosion.

I think the BOP could not crush or cut the pipe which is one of the ways it shuts of the flow in a blowout situation. It could also explain some of the problems they have had cutting the pipe rack apart to clear the area for capping.

If true, this was not BP's or Halliburtons or Cameron Co. the BOP maker's fault. They never would have caught this unless someone too a sample to a metallurgist and had it run through a spectrometer for content and shear tested for specs.

Just some thinking out loud.

45 posted on 06/03/2010 11:37:55 PM PDT by Cold Heat
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To: 21twelve

Having cut the existing pipe, I would have thought the next step would be to cinch a slightly larger (and flexible) pipe tightly over it. Instead, the “top hat” seems to rely on a very close tolerance fit which was frustrated when the diamond saw jammed. Rednecks can fix toilet leaks with duct tape better than this. They are going to have to take the “top hat” back off to do it right, and Bummer will never allow that.


46 posted on 06/03/2010 11:38:13 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: historyrepeatz

Ummmmmmm No.....Just #4 shot.


47 posted on 06/03/2010 11:39:14 PM PDT by Cold Heat
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To: Cold Heat

Bad drill pipe from China. I know about economizing, but gee whiz. So the pipe would have been too hard/stiff for the blowout preventer, which it passed through, to crimp shut. Why do I get the sense that even if this is the case, nobody in China will ever pay for this (unless it is a couple of symbolic executions of high muckety mucks).


48 posted on 06/03/2010 11:44:28 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Cold Heat

How come it wouldn’t be visually different (1000 BPD vs. 5-6 thousand/BPD)?


49 posted on 06/03/2010 11:44:41 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: historyrepeatz

Dubya was the last president America had. Now it has an emperor, and nobody cares that the emperor is not presidential.


50 posted on 06/03/2010 11:48:38 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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