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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Cap Slows Loss of Oil, but Engineers Move Cautiously -

Cap Slows Loss of Oil, but Engineers Move Cautiously -

HOUSTON — Oil continued to gush from a runaway oil well in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday as engineers worked to close two of four vents on a capping device lowered onto the gushing riser pipe.
“The vents remain open,” Adm. Thad Allen of the Coast Guard, who is in charge of the federal response to the oil spill, said at a briefing on Saturday morning.
Admiral Allen said that while engineers were able to bring 6,000 barrels of oil to the surface in a 24-hour period, they were hesitant to close the vents out of fear that if they did so too quickly, water would rush in and form the kind of icy hydrates that doomed a previous attempt to cap the leak. More...


  1. Every article gives different stories and amounts, and as this is a wild rushing gusher, spewing phenomenal amounts of chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico, I expect there is no way to accurately measure the amount.

    Earlier on Friday, BP's chief operating officer Doug Suttles said the containment cap "should work" by capturing at least 90% of the gushing oil.

    Hummm 90% is what amount... is that the down played amount being touted by BP or the much higher estimate of the US government?

    Whatever the REAL facts, it remains that this LMRP is only a band aid solution, temporary, until the hoped for two relief wells are complete and functioning.

  2. I totally agree with you. B.P. seems as much concerned with public relations (PR) as it is in stopping the leak. As a result we cannot rely on any of the figures they give us. Remember at first BP said the former oil rig site was only spewing 1000 barrels of oil a day. Now the estimates are as high as 12-14 thousand barrels of oil being released into the Gulf of Mexico.