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May262010

BP OIL DISASTER: Top Kill Procedure Explained (WATCH)

Video:  Animated footage of the 'top kill' procedure which BP will perform later this week at the Deepwater Horizon site in an effort to stop the leak.

Links and complete story from the Oil Drum.

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From The Oil Drum:

The Gulf Deepwater Oil Spill -- The Top Kill Attempt

The next attempt to shut off the flow from the leaking BP well in the Gulf is still aimed to occur early Wednesday.  The attempt will use the “top kill” method to try and kill the well.

While I have described this in earlier posts, the Unified Command have put out a video animation of the process, and there was an earlier diagram.  So I am going to use these, which are simplified explanations, with some additional comments and tie it in to more facts that came out of briefings today, to try and give a more detailed explanation.

Before the process could begin, however, it was necessary to significantly modify the blow-out preventer (BOP) that sits on the top of the well. For those interested (its a bit like watching one of the operations on the space station) BP has assembled a short (5 minute) selection of the video footage of the various steps. When watching it, you should bear in mind that the ROV’s carrying out the different steps have to operate in a relatively crowded environment.

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Reader Comments (8)

May 26, 2010 at 3:52 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Sen. Lamar Alexander Advocates A Government Takeover Of The Oil Spill Clean-Up

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/05/23/lamar-bp-takeover/
May 26, 2010 at 4:19 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Ah good, the government is good at smothering things and progress. Plug that damn hole Rahm. Why didn't Obama decide ot plug the hole with a trillion U.S. dollars. In his terms, that would be money well spent.
May 26, 2010 at 12:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterZarathustra
Michelle has got massive shoulders, she could help stuff the money into the hole.
May 26, 2010 at 12:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterZarathustra
THE LATEST

Coast Guard OKs 'top kill' plan to stop oil geyser

Senior managers complained oil giant BP was "taking shortcuts" by replacing heavy drilling fluid with saltwater in the well that blew out, triggering the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to witness statements obtained by The Associated Press.

Truitt Crawford, a roustabout for drilling rig owner Transocean Ltd., told Coast Guard investigators about the complaints. The seawater, which would have provided less weight to contain surging pressure from the ocean depths, was being used to prepare for dropping a final blob of cement into the well.

"I overheard upper management talking saying that BP was taking shortcuts by displacing the well with saltwater instead of mud without sealing the well with cement plugs, this is why it blew out," Crawford said in his statement.

A spokesman for BP, which was leasing the rig Deepwater Horizon when it exploded April 20, killing 11 workers and triggering a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, declined to comment.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100526/ap_on_bi_ge/us_gulf_oil_spill;_ylt=As6zl5Ktby7XqI0Ecv_kKKP9xg8F;_ylu=X3oDMTM2Z3NydDVkBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwNTI2L3VzX2d1bGZfb2lsX3NwaWxsBGNjb2RlA21vc3Rwb3B1bGFyBGNwb3MDMQRwb3MDMQRzZWMDeW5fdG9wX3N0b3JpZXMEc2xrA2NvYXN0Z3VhcmRvaw--
May 26, 2010 at 1:43 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Sestak Gate...

"No administration should be allowed to assume what they do and say is legal because they say it's legal," he said. "It's for Congress to decide whether or not this was inappropriate." He has suggested the situation could lead to President Obama's impeachment.

No DB, the media silence on the left and in the WH is still on...still only people who value the Constitution and don't want the President to be involved in bribery on board this train. Any word from Huffington...I posted Media Matters defense of Obama...you could post that safely.
May 26, 2010 at 7:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterZarathustra
"I overheard upper management talking saying that BP was taking shortcuts by displacing the well with saltwater instead of mud without sealing the well with cement plugs, this is why it blew out," Crawford said in his statement."

That is because salt water cost nothing, so the bonuses would be higher if it worked.

"still only people who value the Constitution and don't want the President to be involved in bribery on board this train."

http://news.muckety.com/2010/05/05/bps-american-entanglements/25951

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2010/04/on-thursday-oil-giant-bp.html

Wow, Dems received a lowly 40% of BP contributions, Republicrats must feel sooooo pure...

The People's Lobby says vote out all incumbents that do not refuse PAC and corporate bribery money. BP stated in permit applications that it had the capability to handle any "accidents" that occurred as a result of drilling. Without that capability, companies cannot drill, because, as you say, accidents do happen. I have stated before, hold onto your ass... While many said BP has agreed to pay, 75 million cap...

I bet good old McCain did not take any money from oil men.

http://www.campaignmoney.org/mccainoil
May 26, 2010 at 8:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers

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