May 29, 2010

BP Declares 'TOP KILL' a failure

The new solution sounds a lot like something they should have done 5 weeks ago. From NOLA:

That next attempt should be a procedure known as Lower Marine Riser Package or LMRP. This procedure involves cutting off the failed, leaking riser at the top of Lower Marine Riser Package on the blowout preventer to get a clean-cut surface on the pipe. A cap will be installed with a sealing grommet connected to a new riser from the Discoverer Enterprise drillship, with the hopes of capturing most of the oil and gas flowing from the well.

But WAIT! It gets better!

"We expect to capture most of the oil," said BP CEO Doug Suttles. "I emphasize most because the cap will not result in a complete seal."


  1. Google monkeyfister for a blog with fairly good "What's the latest" That plus skytruth dott org (plus theoildrum for really techie discussions which I've mostly avoided getting that technically into..)

  2. Important (you might have mentioned this already on your blog but in case not, or even if you did, for others who haven't seen this info) is that the SkyTruth page has an applet showing sightings of oil on land, water, etc, and its an interactive map, but even better, you can report your own incident. If crud starts hitting florida (or more of it; the maps show it's already been hit) or east coast, that's a great place to keep track of it or even report an indicent. Just see skytruth website and click on "Gulf Oil Spill Tracker"