Official: Gulf spill could be contained by Monday

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Official: Gulf spill could be contained by Monday

  • on: July 11, 2010, 05:59:13 AM
Official: Gulf spill could be contained by Monday
Combination of new cap, ship could collect all leaking oil
msnbc.com news services
updated 7/9/2010 7:14:39 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS — The BP oil leak could be completely contained as early as Monday if a new, tighter cap can be fitted over the blown-out well, the government official in charge of the crisis said Friday in some of the most encouraging news to come out of the Gulf in the 2½ months since the disaster struck.

If the project planned to begin this weekend is successful, it would simply mean no more oil would escape to foul the Gulf of Mexico. The well would still be busted and leaking — workers would just funnel what comes out of it to tankers at the surface. The hope for a permanent solution remains with two relief wells intended to plug it completely far beneath the seafloor.

"I use the word 'contained,'" said retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen. "'Stop' is when we put the plug in down below."

Crews using remote-controlled submarines plan to swap out the cap over the weekend, taking advantage of a window of good weather following weeks of delays caused by choppy seas.

The cap now in use was installed June 4 to capture oil gushing from the bottom of sea, but because it had to be fitted over a jagged cut in the well pipe, it allows some crude to escape into the Gulf. The new cap — dubbed "Top Hat Number 10" — is designed to fit more snugly and help BP catch all the oil.

During the installation, the gusher will get worse before it gets better. Once the old cap is removed, oil will pour into the Gulf unhindered for about 48 hours while the new one is put in place, Allen said.

BP also worked on Friday to hook up another containment ship called the Helix Producer to a different part of the leaking well. The ship, which will be capable of sucking up more than 1 million gallons a day when it is fully operating, should be working by Sunday, Allen said.

The government estimates 1.5 million to 2.5 million gallons of oil a day are spewing from the well, and the existing cap is collecting about 1 million gallons of that. With the new cap and the new containment vessel, the system will be capable of capturing 2.5 million to 3.4 million gallons — essentially all the leaking oil, officials said.

The plan had originally been to hook up the Helix Producer and install the new cap separately, but the favorable weather convinced officials the time was right for both operations.
"Everybody agrees we got the weather to do what we need," Allen said. He said the calm weather is expected to last seven to 10 days.

In a response late Friday to Allen's request for detailed plans about the new cap, the Helix Producer and the relief wells, BP managing director Bob Dudley confirmed that the leak could be contained by Monday.

But Dudley included plans for another scenario, which includes possible problems and missteps for the installation of the cap that would push the work back until Thursday.

The past 80 days have seen the failure of one technique after another to stop the leak, from a huge containment box to a "top kill" and a "junk shot." The latest approach is not a sure thing either, warned Louisiana State University environmental sciences professor Ed Overton.

"Everything done at that site is very much harder than anyone expects," he said. Overton said putting on the new cap carries risks: "Is replacing the cap going to do more damage than leaving it in place, or are you going to cause problems that you can't take care of?"

Containing the leak will not end the crisis that began when the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded April 20, killing 11 workers. The relief wells are still being drilled so they can inject heavy mud and cement into the leaking well to stop the flow, which is expected to be done by mid-August. Then a monumental cleanup and restoration project lies ahead.

Some people in Louisiana's oil-soaked Plaquemines Parish were skeptical that BP can contain the oil so soon.
"Too many lies from the beginning. I don't believe them anymore," oyster fisherman Goyo Zupanovich said while painting his boat at a marina in Empire, La.

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The BP oil leak could be completely contained as early as Monday if a new, tighter cap can be fitted over the blown-out well

If the project planned to begin this weekend is successful, it would simply mean no more oil would escape to foul the Gulf of Mexico.

During the installation, the gusher will get worse before it gets better. Once the old cap is removed, oil will pour into the Gulf unhindered for about 48 hours while the new one is put in place, Allen said.

BP also worked on Friday to hook up another containment ship called the Helix Producer to a different part of the leaking well. The ship, which will be capable of sucking up more than 1 million gallons a day when it is fully operating, should be working by Sunday, Allen said.

What will happen if they don't succeed fitting the new cap over the blown out well..?  Will they be able to put the previous cap back in place, or will oil pour into the Gulf unhindered for weeks again?

Why didn't BP hook up the Helix Producer, which will be capable of sucking up more than 1 million gallons a day when it is fully operating,  until now..?
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Exactly, why not earlier?
Anyway, i can´t imagine there was no "what to do in case of an accident"-file, a plan B, with instructions for what to do if the exact scenario happened...
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HI  
I saw an item here that  they knew of the danger or that something was amiss and taht the guy in charge on the day of happening was heard to be on phone to head office so angry saying I told You I told You so and apparently workers also noticed gas smelling . so something really sounds fishy (pardon the pun  oh man didn't mean that way) but yes and apprently Obama I think was one who signed the whole okay for things ,  for them to do this oil drilling, and appreantly all involved knew the dangers of it,
we have 2 overseas companies wanting to drill oil  here in New Zealand in our waters but Ipeople are holding meetings and I hope and pray it doesn't go ahead , we don't want another Gulf of Mexico and this is so what we have all discussed on here the care of the environment is negligent especially if money is to be made.  A lot of us here live in a democracy but yet we are being exposed to subtle things that are slowly killing pefople ie Fluoride in water supplies medical drugs , and other chemicals and toxins that we are sold are for the good , and thanks to forums like here toYou MO and Souza and others contributions , it seems as though we are all being exposed and learning so much about all the secret harmful stuff , I jsut wish more would believe and understand as like You said Souza people come here and read the forum the more we get here the better!! that is so so true, as the more that even awake to the global disasters that are unfolding ...the less obvious ones ...  we are as a united world the easier it is to fight!!! like this oil disaster should never have happened let alone being allowed to drill in the first place, jsut because those whom benefit from profits are porbably lving cosy far away from where the poor innocent victims , whether be humans wildl ife animals etc they are all suffering needlessly and I feel that more of this kidn is inevitable if more people don't unite and stand up and together in the name of L.O.V.E!! we can do something as love is power!!  thanks  love  You all more
thanks aagin Mo and Souza and all whom contribute here for our betterment of knowledge!!
MIchelle
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Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Exactly, why not earlier?
Anyway, i can´t imagine there was no "what to do in case of an accident"-file, a plan B, with instructions for what to do if the exact scenario happened...

Because we don't live in an exact world my dear.
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Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Exactly, why not earlier?
Anyway, i can´t imagine there was no "what to do in case of an accident"-file, a plan B, with instructions for what to do if the exact scenario happened...

Because we don't live in an exact world my dear.
ok, let me rephrase that: i don´t mean exact in the way of accurate. With exact i mean this specific scenario that happened.
"...what to do if a scenario, exactly like this, happened".
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Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Quote from: "Jude"
Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Exactly, why not earlier?
Anyway, i can´t imagine there was no "what to do in case of an accident"-file, a plan B, with instructions for what to do if the exact scenario happened...

Because we don't live in an exact world my dear.
ok, let me rephrase that: i don´t mean exact in the way of accurate. With exact i mean this specific scenario that happened.[/quote

it's not an easy question to answer GirlInTheMirror, we may never know in our lifetime, if I had to guess, profit, who gives a shit attitude, and ignorance all sound about right, to sum it up.
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Quote from: "Jude"
Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Quote from: "Jude"
Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Exactly, why not earlier?
Anyway, i can´t imagine there was no "what to do in case of an accident"-file, a plan B, with instructions for what to do if the exact scenario happened...

Because we don't live in an exact world my dear.
ok, let me rephrase that: i don´t mean exact in the way of accurate. With exact i mean this specific scenario that happened.[/quote

it's not an easy question to answer GirlInTheMirror, we may never know in our lifetime, if I had to guess, profit, who gives a shit attitude, and ignorance all sound about right, to sum it up.
Sounds like it. Weird is, that either they didnt even have any regulations there regarding the safety, or, as you say, no one cares - as if it was their world. pff.
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Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Quote from: "Jude"
Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Quote from: "Jude"
Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Exactly, why not earlier?
Anyway, i can´t imagine there was no "what to do in case of an accident"-file, a plan B, with instructions for what to do if the exact scenario happened...

Because we don't live in an exact world my dear.
ok, let me rephrase that: i don´t mean exact in the way of accurate. With exact i mean this specific scenario that happened.[/quote

it's not an easy question to answer GirlInTheMirror, we may never know in our lifetime, if I had to guess, profit, who gives a shit attitude, and ignorance all sound about right, to sum it up.
Sounds like it. Weird is, that either they didnt even have any regulations there regarding the safety, or, as you say, no one cares - as if it was their world. pff.


Hard to say this, but it is their world, as long as we, continue the demand for oil.
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Quote from: "Jude"
Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Quote from: "Jude"
Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Quote from: "Jude"
Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Exactly, why not earlier?
Anyway, i can´t imagine there was no "what to do in case of an accident"-file, a plan B, with instructions for what to do if the exact scenario happened...

Because we don't live in an exact world my dear.
ok, let me rephrase that: i don´t mean exact in the way of accurate. With exact i mean this specific scenario that happened.[/quote

it's not an easy question to answer GirlInTheMirror, we may never know in our lifetime, if I had to guess, profit, who gives a shit attitude, and ignorance all sound about right, to sum it up.
Sounds like it. Weird is, that either they didnt even have any regulations there regarding the safety, or, as you say, no one cares - as if it was their world. pff.


Hard to say this, but it is their world, as long as we, continue the demand for oil.

Unfortunately, that is the truth! Aside from the fact that people that are not on the top echlon of the economic scale just doesn't really matter in the scheme of things. I can see everything so clearly. Noone believes that this couldn't have been resolved earlier versus lingering on for 80+ days. Those volunteers that were shoveling oil from the beaches have gotten sick already. I don't like being negative but the way I see it if people get sick and die then the Health Care Industry might have a chance to recover. The world is full of evil people that only care about money. Look around you, people don't care about one another like they used to in the past. All you have to do is watch your local and world news! That is why I really appreciated MJ's message of loving one another over the years. I could go on but I will end here. Keep the Faith!
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Quote from: "Jude"
Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Quote from: "Jude"
Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Quote from: "Jude"
Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Exactly, why not earlier?
Anyway, i can´t imagine there was no "what to do in case of an accident"-file, a plan B, with instructions for what to do if the exact scenario happened...

Because we don't live in an exact world my dear.
ok, let me rephrase that: i don´t mean exact in the way of accurate. With exact i mean this specific scenario that happened.[/quote

it's not an easy question to answer GirlInTheMirror, we may never know in our lifetime, if I had to guess, profit, who gives a shit attitude, and ignorance all sound about right, to sum it up.
Sounds like it. Weird is, that either they didnt even have any regulations there regarding the safety, or, as you say, no one cares - as if it was their world. pff.


Hard to say this, but it is their world, as long as we, continue the demand for oil.

Unfortunately, that is the truth! Aside from the fact that people that are not on the top echlon of the economic scale just doesn't really matter in the scheme of things. I can see everything so clearly. Noone believes that this couldn't have been resolved earlier versus lingering on for 80+ days. Those volunteers that were shoveling oil from the beaches have gotten sick already. I don't like being negative but the way I see it if people get sick and die then the Health Care Industry might have a chance to recover. The world is full of evil people that only care about money. Look around you, people don't care about one another like they used to in the past. All you have to do is watch your local and world news! That is why I really appreciated MJ's message of loving one another over the years. I could go on but I will end here. Keep the Faith!



Hear Hear I second that ! Watch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1VJrp0I ... re=related
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Quote from: "Jude"
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Quote from: "Jude"
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Quote from: "Jude"
Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Exactly, why not earlier?
Anyway, i can´t imagine there was no "what to do in case of an accident"-file, a plan B, with instructions for what to do if the exact scenario happened...

Because we don't live in an exact world my dear.
ok, let me rephrase that: i don´t mean exact in the way of accurate. With exact i mean this specific scenario that happened.[/quote

it's not an easy question to answer GirlInTheMirror, we may never know in our lifetime, if I had to guess, profit, who gives a shit attitude, and ignorance all sound about right, to sum it up.
Sounds like it. Weird is, that either they didnt even have any regulations there regarding the safety, or, as you say, no one cares - as if it was their world. pff.


Hard to say this, but it is their world, as long as we, continue the demand for oil.

Unfortunately, that is the truth! Aside from the fact that people that are not on the top echlon of the economic scale just doesn't really matter in the scheme of things. I can see everything so clearly. Noone believes that this couldn't have been resolved earlier versus lingering on for 80+ days. Those volunteers that were shoveling oil from the beaches have gotten sick already. I don't like being negative but the way I see it if people get sick and die then the Health Care Industry might have a chance to recover. The world is full of evil people that only care about money. Look around you, people don't care about one another like they used to in the past. All you have to do is watch your local and world news! That is why I really appreciated MJ's message of loving one another over the years. I could go on but I will end here. Keep the Faith!



Hear Hear I second that ! Watch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1VJrp0I ... re=related

Thank you Jude! I knew they had been working on subliminal mind control for God only knows how long. The video was very enlightening.  Have a blessed day sweetie! Keep the Faith!
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Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Quote from: "Jude"
Quote from: "GirlInTheMirror"
Exactly, why not earlier?
Anyway, i can´t imagine there was no "what to do in case of an accident"-file, a plan B, with instructions for what to do if the exact scenario happened...

Because we don't live in an exact world my dear.
ok, let me rephrase that: i don´t mean exact in the way of accurate. With exact i mean this specific scenario that happened.[/quote

it's not an easy question to answer GirlInTheMirror, we may never know in our lifetime, if I had to guess, profit, who gives a shit attitude, and ignorance all sound about right, to sum it up.
Sounds like it. Weird is, that either they didnt even have any regulations there regarding the safety, or, as you say, no one cares - as if it was their world. pff.


Hard to say this, but it is their world, as long as we, continue the demand for oil.

Unfortunately, that is the truth! Aside from the fact that people that are not on the top echlon of the economic scale just doesn't really matter in the scheme of things. I can see everything so clearly. Noone believes that this couldn't have been resolved earlier versus lingering on for 80+ days. Those volunteers that were shoveling oil from the beaches have gotten sick already. I don't like being negative but the way I see it if people get sick and die then the Health Care Industry might have a chance to recover. The world is full of evil people that only care about money. Look around you, people don't care about one another like they used to in the past. All you have to do is watch your local and world news! That is why I really appreciated MJ's message of loving one another over the years. I could go on but I will end here. Keep the Faith!



Hear Hear I second that ! Watch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1VJrp0I ... re=related

Thank you Jude! I knew they had been working on subliminal mind control for God only knows how long. The video was very enlightening.  Have a blessed day sweetie! Keep the Faith!

you are welcome sweet1, anytime I can help to open the eyes , I surely will, and you have a great day too
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