OIL SPILL UPDATE: BP unleashes 'Top K...

OIL SPILL UPDATE: BP unleashes 'Top Kill'

There are 21 comments on the Daily Breeze story from May 26, 2010, titled OIL SPILL UPDATE: BP unleashes 'Top Kill'. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

BP on Wednesday launched its latest bid to plug the gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico by force-feeding it heavy drilling mud, a maneuver known as a "Top Kill" that has never before been tried 5,000 feet underwater.

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Perry

North Hollywood, CA

#1 May 26, 2010
It's the end of the world and you know it..and here I thought to die from eating Monsanto gmo tortillas. Instead, it will be benzene poisoning causing cancer. Have a good day.

Since: Feb 10

Torrance, CA

#2 May 26, 2010
10$ says it don't work but, I pray it does.

Was reading the pressure coming out of the well is 9000 psi. Wow.

Man BP really screwed up. Good luck ever getting any new permits.

I predict this as oil's death nell. The bunny-huggers are all over this one and wringing their hands in anticipation of oil becoming outlawed and off-shore drilling being banned.

Man this sucks. I love oil and everything it does for me. Please let this thing work.
chris

Tampa, FL

#3 May 26, 2010
i have a idea and somited it to patin it thrw davdson.and they said they will call me in 2 or 3 day so i called and got disconeted the idea will work with magnetets plastic and concrete if u see this and can help me we can stop the oil asap i would like to talk to 10 news and davidson to get this idea to work i have thawt about it for a month it can also help clean the areas that are already in truble so if some can help me get daidson pating and 10 news we can staRT THE IDEA THAT WILL WORK I HAVE TRYED IT WITH OIL A PUMP and a few other things so if you can help me my e mail is [email protected] please dont watye we are in truble and the idea will fix the proble or a rep form bp please e mail me thank you for your time
msavage

Henderson, NV

#4 May 26, 2010
Article from Las Vegas Review Journal:
http://www.lvrj.com/news/exxon-valdez-oil-ris...

More on the Subject:
The workers who are cleaning up the oil in the Gulf need to be aware of the chemicals that will be used. I am one of the 11,000+ cleanup workers from the Exxon Valdez oil spill, who is suffering from health issues from that toxic cleanup, without compensation from Exxon.

My name is Merle Savage; a female general foreman during the Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS) beach cleanup in 1989, which turned into 21 years of extensive health deterioration for me, and many other workers. Dr. Riki Ott visited me in 2007 to explain about the toxic spraying on the beaches. She also informed me that Exxon's medical records and the reports that surfaced in litigation by sick workers in 1994, had been sealed from the public, making it impossible to hold Exxon responsible for their actions.
http://www.rikiott.com

Dr. Riki Ott has devoted her life to taking control from corporations and giving it back to We The People. If corporations continue to control our legal system, then We The People become victims. http://www.MovetoAmend.org

Dr. Riki Ott has written two books; Sound Truth & Corporate Myth$ and Not One Drop. Dr. Ott has investigated and studied the oil spill spraying, and quotes numerous reports in her books, on the toxic chemicals that were used during the 1989 Prince William Sound oily beach cleanup. Black Wave the Film is based on Not One Drop, with interviews of cleanup victims; my interview was featured in the section; Like a War Zone.
http://www.blackwavethefilm.com

Exxon developed the toxic spraying; OSHA, the Coast Guard, and the state of Alaska authorized the procedure; VECO and other Exxon contractors implemented it. Beach crews breathed in crude oil that splashed off the rocks and into the air -- the toxic exposure turned into chronic breathing conditions and central nervous system problems, along with other massive health issues. Some of the illnesses include neurological impairment, chronic respiratory disease, leukemia, lymphoma, brain tumors, liver damage, and blood disease.
http://video.google.com/videoplay...

My web site is devoted to searching for EVOS cleanup workers who were exposed to the toxic spraying, and are suffering from the same illnesses that I have. Our summer employment turned into a death sentence for many -- and a life of unending medical conditions for the rest of us – Exxon’s Collateral Damaged.
http://www.silenceinthesound.com/stories.shtm...
http://www.silenceinthesound.com/gallery.shtm...
Torrance Resident

United States

#5 May 26, 2010
Jesus, lady! that's some pretty f***'ed up stuff right there. Terrible story, I do remember reading that LAT article years ago.

Carville & Matalin are laying down some truth right now on CNN, Carville saying everywhere they've gone, there's no fish, no birds, no one cleaning up, just a marsh as dead as a polar landscape. Gov. BigBoy saying the amount of coastline affected is bigger than the last 4 large hurricanes combined, including Katrina.

How many people will BP put in danger during this clean-up & crisis.$$ and firings isn't enough, I want prosecutions, especially for MMS inspectors/permitters.

“Liberal Teachers ruin Kids”

Since: Mar 09

Paradise Valley Arizona

#6 May 26, 2010
Dont worry folks OILSLICK Ohbamy will make that coast look like new...with litterally BILLIONS of your fine American tax dollars
Karlheinz

United States

#9 May 27, 2010
"Arrest BP and Halliburton executives"? Who will do that?

The Terminator the UN?

BP [London] and the Deutsche Bank made a deal in 1914, to control the oil, and Royal Ducht Shell was their royal partner. They have influence, and many other ways, to keep their secure position. In 1928 they signed that agreement again, and at that time the Americans were included.

And so, the trouble with this country is, said Roosevelt, "that you can't win an election without the oil bloc, and you can't govern with it." And in addition to the oil, we are also dealing with these bankers.
Sarah wrote:
This disaster was created by a corporation--not by mother nature.
It's the responsibility of the foreign oil company British Petroleum--not Obama--to clean it ALL up.
1. Arrest BP and Halliburton executives
2. Ddisgorge all corporate profits for the past five years and use the money to support the American families whose businesses will be destroyed for years
3. Nattionalize BP until they clean up this disaster and PAY FOR ALL OF THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY THEIR LACK OF OVERSIGHT and the incompetence of Dick Cheney's Halliburton and their fault concrete pour.
4. Incarcerate Bush for deregulating the oil industry to the extent that proper safety equipment required by smarter nations is no longer required by US law
Karlheinz

United States

#12 May 29, 2010
Two days after BP began a risky effort to stop a gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, company officials said the operation was going as planned but offered few details, leaving the nation in suspense about whether its worst oil spill would end any time soon.

BP PLC warned that it could be Sunday or later before the outcome of its bid to plug the well through an effort known as a "top kill" would succeed.

Experts said they could see incremental progress at best from BP's "spillcam" of mud, gas and oil billowing from the seafloor. The hypnotic video has become an Internet sensation as Americans watch and try to fathom whether BP's efforts are working.

Scientists say the images may offer clues to whether BP is getting the upper hand in its struggle to contain the oil, said Tony Wood, director of the National Spill Control School at

Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. If the stuff coming out of the pipe is jet black, it is mostly oil and BP is losing. If it is whitish, it is mostly gas and BP is also losing.

If it is muddy brown, as it was much of Friday, that may be a sign that BP is starting to win, he said. That "may in fact mean that there's mud coming up and mud coming down as well," which is better than oil coming out, Wood said.

Philip W. Johnson, an engineering professor at the University of Alabama, said the camera appeared to show mostly drilling mud leaking from the well Friday morning, and two of the leaks appeared a little smaller than in the past, suggesting the top kill "may have had a slight but not dramatic effect."

But Bob Bea, a professor of engineering at University of California at Berkeley who has studied offshore drilling for 55 years, said late Friday that what he saw didn't look promising.

He likened the effort to pushing food into a reluctant baby's mouth — it only works if the force of the stuff going down is more than the force of what's coming up.

"It's obvious that the baby's spitting the baby food back" because the pressure pushing up from the well is stronger, Bea said.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama visited the coast Friday to see the damage as he tried to emphasize that his administration was in control of the crisis, which began April 20 when the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform blew up and killed 11 workers.

"I'm here to tell you that you are not alone, you will not be abandoned, you will not be left behind," he told people in Grand Isle, where the beach has been closed by gobs of oil and the frustration and anger are palpable. "The media may get tired of the story, but we will not. We will be on your side and we will see this through."

He also urged the public to volunteer to join the cleanup and for tourists to help by visiting the majority of the region's coastline that is untouched.
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Ben Nuckols And Greg Bluestein, AP Writers
Karlheinz

United States

#13 May 29, 2010
BP admitted defeat Saturday in its attempt to plug the Gulf of Mexico oil leak by pumping mud into a busted well, but said it's readying yet another approach to fight the spill after a series of failures.

BP PLC Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said the company determined the "top kill" had failed after it spent three days pumping heavy drilling mud into the crippled well 5,000 feet underwater. More than 1.2 million gallons of mud was used, but most of it escaped out of the damaged riser.

In the six weeks since the spill began, the company has failed in each attempt to stop the gusher, as estimates of how much is leaking grow more dire. It's the worst spill in U.S. history — exceeding even the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989 off the Alaska coast — dumping between 18 million and 40 million gallons into the Gulf, according to government estimates.

"This scares everybody, the fact that we can't make this well stop flowing, the fact that we haven't succeeded so far," Suttles said. "Many of the things we're trying have been done on the surface before, but have never been tried at 5,000 feet."

The company failed in the days after the spill to use robot submarines to close valves on the massive blowout preventer atop the damaged well, then two weeks later ice-like crystals clogged a 100-ton box the company tried placing over the leak. Earlier this week, engineers removed a mile-long siphon tube after it sucked up a disappointing 900,000 gallons of oil from the gusher.

Suttles said BP is already preparing for the next attempt to stop the leak that began after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in April, killing 11 people.

The company plans to use robot submarines to cut off the damaged riser from which the oil is leaking, and then try to cap it with a containment valve. The effort is expected to take between four and seven days.

"We're confident the job will work but obviously we can't guarantee success," Suttles said of the new plan, declining to handicap the likelihood it will work.

He said that cutting off the damaged riser isn't expected to cause the flow rate of leaking oil to increase significantly.

The permanent solution to the leak, a relief well currently being drilled, won't be ready until August, BP says.

Experts have said that a bend in the damaged riser likely was restricting the flow of oil somewhat, so slicing it off and installing a new containment valve is risky.

"If they can't get that valve on, things will get much worse," said Philip W. Johnson, an engineering professor at the University of Alabama.

Johnson said he thinks BP can succeed with the valve, but added: "It's a scary proposition."

Word that the top-kill had failed hit hard in the fishing community of Venice, La., near where oil first made landfall in large quanities almost two weeks ago.

"Everybody's starting to realize this summer's lost. And our whole lifestyle might be lost," said Michael Ballay, the 59-year-old manager of the Cypress Cove Marina.
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By BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press Writer Ben Nuckols, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 42 mins ago
Tony

Bradenton, FL

#14 May 29, 2010
Sarah wrote:
This disaster was created by a corporation--not by mother nature.
It's the responsibility of the foreign oil company British Petroleum--not Obama--to clean it ALL up.
1. Arrest BP and Halliburton executives
2. Ddisgorge all corporate profits for the past five years and use the money to support the American families whose businesses will be destroyed for years
3. Nattionalize BP until they clean up this disaster and PAY FOR ALL OF THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY THEIR LACK OF OVERSIGHT and the incompetence of Dick Cheney's Halliburton and their fault concrete pour.
4. Incarcerate Bush for deregulating the oil industry to the extent that proper safety equipment required by smarter nations is no longer required by US law
I thought O-bribe-a was in charge........do you mean Bush and Cheney are still kicking O-bribe-a's azz.
Karlheinz

United States

#15 May 29, 2010
BP pegs cost of oil spill at $760 million
By Vicki Needham - 05/24/10 01:45 PM ET

The tab for the Gulf oil spill is quickly approaching $1 billion as thousands of people and vessels attempt to contain and clean up the area.

The cost is about $760 million so far for containment, relief well drilling, clean-up, grants to coastal states, claims paid and federal costs, according to estimates by BP released Monday.

BP is drilling two relief wells — one started May 2 and another May 16 — each of which is expected to take three months to complete. More than 1,100 ships and 22,000 people have responded to the incident so far, according to BP's release.

That amount is nearly double the $450 million cost reported by the company May 13. BP is still trying to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

"It is too early to quantify other potential costs and liabilities associated with the incident," according to a BP release.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) last week pegged the growing cost at $14 billion and said he's against putting a cap on damages for oil spill liability. Some lawmakers are pushing to raise the cap from $75 million to $10 billion, while a mix of others either want to increase it well above that amount or hold it below to protect smaller operations.
Here We Go

Manhattan Beach, CA

#16 May 29, 2010
Tony wrote:
<quoted text>
I thought O-bribe-a was in charge........do you mean Bush and Cheney are still kicking O-bribe-a's ****.
If that rig was built during the time GWB was President, then I will say it is on his administration. I'm not sure when it was built, though.

It's obvious that if we are to continue offshore drilling, then there has to be better "what if" plans.

“Liberal Teachers ruin Kids”

Since: Mar 09

Paradise Valley Arizona

#18 May 30, 2010

“Liberal Teachers ruin Kids”

Since: Mar 09

Paradise Valley Arizona

#19 May 30, 2010
Sarah wrote:
Deepwater Horizon was an ultra-deepwater offshore drilling rig. It was built in 2001 in South Korea, is currently owned by Transocean and leased to BP.
So yes, it was built during Bush's residency.
But that's not the issue. It was Bush and Cheney's deregulation--specifically the lifting of the requirement for an acoustical shut off switch--that is responsible for this disaster. These swtiches are required in other countries. Just not in the US, not anymore. Thanks to the idiocy of Bush.
Plug the hole with Bush and Cheney and call it a day.
sorry its Oh bribo's dealio now!!!
Stop blaming Bush for Gollie sake
is that also who you blame when your get a hangnail WTF!!!!
You liberal socialistic piggy's are truly out of control
Tony

Bradenton, FL

#20 May 30, 2010
Sarah wrote:
Plug the hole with Bush and Cheney and call it a day.
That's a stupid friggin statement......your childish stupidity is why America has the most corrupt President and government in the history of the country.

why not just say.....Plug the hole with michelle's big fat azz.......
Karlheinz

United States

#21 May 30, 2010
Tony wrote:
<quoted text>
That's a stupid friggin statement......your childish stupidity is why America has the most corrupt President and government in the history of the country.
why not just say.....Plug the hole with michelle's big fat ****......
And is THAT an improvement?
LOL

Bradenton, FL

#22 May 30, 2010
Karlheinz wrote:
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And is THAT an improvement?
you wouldn't ask that question if you had seen michelle's ever enlarging azz lately.....

the stupid comment game is sooooooo easy to play.
Karlheinz

United States

#23 May 30, 2010
LOL wrote:
<quoted text>
you wouldn't ask that question if you had seen michelle's ever enlarging **** lately.....
the stupid comment game is sooooooo easy to play.
Is it all that extra work and tension?

It can make you eat.
Others start drinking.
Here We Go

Manhattan Beach, CA

#24 May 30, 2010
Vance1 wrote:
<quoted text>
sorry its Oh bribo's dealio now!!!
Stop blaming Bush for Gollie sake
is that also who you blame when your get a hangnail ****!!!!
You liberal socialistic piggy's are truly out of control
Hey, I've done my share of "blaming Bush", so I'm sure people will assume I'm biased.

I will blame Obama and the current administration if this isn't corrected and the shut-off switch isn't made mandatory from now on.

But it is something that can be linked directly to the deregulation that occurred on GWB's watch.

Yes, Obama is President, but it isn't logical that he would have stepped right in and corrected this, is it?

How about making sure every bridge and building in the country can withstand an 8.0 earthquake or a tornado? If that hasn't been done, is it Obama's fault, too?

Those shut off switches should be mandatory if we are to continue drilling off-shore, no question about it.
Karlheinz

United States

#25 May 30, 2010
After another failure, BP scrambles to stem leak

Ben Nuckols, AP – 10 mins ago

After failing again to stem the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP scrambled Sunday to make some progress in ending the spill that the president's top energy adviser said was the biggest environmental disaster the U.S. has ever faced.

Six weeks after the spill, oil giant BP PLC said that its latest plan to cap the well wouldn't capture all the crude fouling the Gulf. And the relief wells currently being drilled — which are supposed to be a better long-term solution — won't be done for at least two months.

"Well, the relief well at the end of August is certainly the end — the end point on this game," Robert Dudley, BP's managing director, said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "But we failed to wrestle the beast to the ground yesterday."

That would be in the middle of the Atlantic hurricane season, which begins Tuesday. The crude likely won't affect the formation of storms, but the cyclones could push the oil deeper into coastal marshes and estuaries and turn the oil into a crashing black surf.

White House energy adviser Carol Browner said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that there was more oil spilling into the Gulf than at any other time in history.

"This is probably the biggest environmental disaster we've ever faced in this country," Browner said.

The effort to curb that disaster known as the "top kill" failed after engineers tried for three days to overwhelm the crippled well with heavy drilling mud and junk 5,000 feet underwater.

And skepticism is growing that BP can solve the crisis.

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who leads a congressional committee investigating the disaster, told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that he had "no confidence whatsoever in BP."

"So I don't think that people should really believe what BP is saying in terms of the likelihood of anything that they're doing is going to turn out as they're predicting," he said.

The spill is the worst in U.S. history — exceeding even the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster — and has dumped between 18 million and 40 million gallons into the Gulf, according to government estimates. The leak began after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in April, killing 11 people.

"This scares everybody, the fact that we can't make this well stop flowing, the fact that we haven't succeeded so far," BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said Saturday. "Many of the things we're trying have been done on the surface before, but have never been tried at 5,000 feet."

He said cutting off the damaged riser isn't expected to cause the flow rate of leaking oil to increase significantly.

However, Browner said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that cutting the pipe could send more oil flowing into the Gulf — up to 20 percent more than is currently spewing. That's because engineers will cut off a kink in the pipe that currently seems to be holding back some of the gusher, Browner said.

Browner also said how much oil the new cap can collect depends on how well it's fitted over the leak. Other experts also have said installing the new containment valve is risky because of the bend in the riser pipe.

"If they can't get that valve on, things will get much worse," said Philip W. Johnson, an engineering professor at the University of Alabama.

Word that the top kill had failed hit hard in fishing communities along Louisiana's coast, where the impact has been underscored by oil-coated marshes and wildlife.

The top official in coastal Plaquemines Parish said news of the top kill failure brought tears to his eyes.

"They are going to destroy south Louisiana. We are dying a slow death here," said Billy Nungesser, the parish president. "We don't have time to wait while they try solutions. Hurricane season starts on Tuesday."

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