Skip to comments.BP starts testing on leaky well cap
Posted on 07/15/2010 2:55:14 AM PDT by Scanian
NEW ORLEANS BP allayed last-minute government fears of making the disaster worse and began testing the new, tighter-fitting cap Wednesday that could finally choke off the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the Obama administration's point man on the disaster, said the government gave the go-ahead after carefully reviewing the risks.
"What we didn't want to do is compound that problem by making an irreversible mistake," he said at the end of a 24-hour roller-coaster of hopes raised, hopes dashed and hopes raised again along the Gulf Coast.
The cap - a 75-ton metal stack of pipes and valves - was lowered onto the well on Monday in hopes of either bottling up the oil inside the well machinery, or capturing it and funneling it to the surface. But before BP could test the equipment, the government intervened because of second thoughts about whether the buildup of pressure from the gushing oil could rupture the walls of the well and make the leak worse.
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Oh good grief, the vacillating vaseline Bummer strikes again. Ho ho, hey hey, how many birds did you grease today?
Looks like this cap was made to be able to pipe the oil to the surface or to throttle the flow down. Common sense suggests that they are going to start in full flow mode and then shut it off gradually if at all, looking for problems as they go. They’re still drilling the side well intended to plug the main well completely.
BP is now acting like a beaten dog, walking around gun shy and hurt - and they are so anxious to shovel "good news" to the press and to politicians that they are now all over the place.
Dear BP - wake us up when the nightmare is really over.
This story is old news. They started up pre-checks before running the test and had to stop the tests in their tracks last evening. The Choke Assembly on the new 3 ram stack leaked like a sieve. Was leaking in at least 3 spots. They then pulled the entire Choke assembly off and are replacing it this morning. Should start the tests later today after running the pre-checks to see if the new Choke assembly leaks..
When ya get in too big a hurry.... shite happens.
No doubt some Roustabout will get the blame for leaky connections.