BP: Cap gets some Gulf oil, crude sti...

BP: Cap gets some Gulf oil, crude still spews

There are 16 comments on the WLS story from Jun 4, 2010, titled BP: Cap gets some Gulf oil, crude still spews. In it, WLS reports that:

BP reported some oil was flowing up a pipe Friday from a cap it wrestled onto its broken Gulf of Mexico well but crude still spewed and it was unclear how much could be captured in the latest bid to tame the nation's worst oil spill.

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Lewis Libby

Brooksville, FL

#1 Jun 4, 2010
It all depends on what Fatboy Dick Cheney has to say when he weighs in on the subject while wearing an oilman's hardhat.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#2 Jun 4, 2010
Something is better than nothing at this point. KEEP TRYING!

Inconvenient Truth


Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#3 Jun 4, 2010
Lewis Libby wrote:
It all depends on what Fatboy Dick Cheney has to say when he weighs in on the subject while wearing an oilman's hardhat.
Yea like you God Odumba has reall come up with some plans of his own right! Shut up dumbazz!

Since: Oct 08


#4 Jun 4, 2010
BP = Barack's Problem

Winters, CA

#5 Jun 4, 2010
Speaking of spew, when does Obama arrive?

Sarasota, FL

#6 Jun 4, 2010
Bp is happy once again......they are getting some of their product back.....

the wetlands, beaches and wildlife......oh yeah, BP will get right on that.........

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#7 Jun 4, 2010
TedsLiver wrote:
Speaking of spew, when does Obama arrive?
The greaseball is trying to time it so he doesn't miss the basketball game.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#8 Jun 4, 2010
Exploded, sunken Gulf rig not leaking oil, Coast Guard says (Huh?)

By The Associated Press
April 23, 2010,

NEW ORLEANS -- No oil appeared to be leaking after a drilling rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said today, though officials were trying to contain what spilled from the blast and prevent any threat to the coast's fragile ecosystem.
Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry said Friday morning that no oil appeared to be leaking from a well head at the ocean floor, nor was any leaking at the water's surface. But she said crews were closely monitoring the rig for any more crude that might spill out.
"They're assuming all those men who were on the platform are dead," Kemp said. "That's the last we've heard."
Most of the crew -- 111 members -- were ashore, including 17 taken to hospitals. Four were in critical condition.
Four others made it off safely were still on a boat operating one of several underwater robots being used to assess whether the flow of oil could be shut off at a control valve on the sea floor, said Guy Cantwell, spokesman for rig owner Transocean Ltd.


Landry said crews first saw a 1-mile-by-5-mile rainbow sheen of what appeared to be a crude oil mix on the surface. That had expanded to 10 miles by 10 miles as of Friday morning, Ben-Iesau said.

Helton said it is probably good that the sheen is spreading because it will be exposed to more waves and sunlight that will help break it down. But he said a wider area also means a greater chance that seabirds and marine mammals will be affected.


Yes, this is why Landry deserved to be booted or fired. The Obama admin clearly missed this and was unprepared.

What did they think would happen to the Open pipe when the rig sunk? DUH! It's going to break and fall to the sea floor spewing Oil!!!!

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#9 Jun 4, 2010
Obama's Katrina may change the Chemistry of the Gulf Waters; massive Fish Kills already spotted

BP Oil Leak May Last Until Christmas in Worst Case Scenario

By Jessica Resnick-Ault and David Wethe

June 2 (Bloomberg)-- BP Plc’s failure since April to plug a Gulf of Mexico oil leak has prompted forecasts the crude may continue gushing into December in what President Barack Obama has called the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

BP’s attempts so far to cap the well and plug the leak on the seabed a mile below the surface haven’t worked, while the start of the Atlantic hurricane season this week indicates storms in the Gulf may disrupt other efforts.

“The worst-case scenario is Christmas time,” Dan Pickering, the head of research at energy investor Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. in Houston, said.“This process is teaching us to be skeptical of deadlines.”

Ending the year with a still-gushing well would mean about 4 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf, based on the government’s current estimate of 12,000 to 19,000 barrels leaking a day. That would wipe out marine life deep at sea near the leak and elsewhere in the Gulf, and along hundreds of miles of coastline, said Harry Roberts, a professor of Coastal Studies at Louisiana State University.

So much crude pouring into the ocean may alter the chemistry of the sea, with unforeseeable results, said Mak Saito, an Associate Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.



“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#10 Jun 4, 2010
Obama bungles Oil Rig disaster from Day 1:

Search continues for 11 workers missing after oil rig explosion

By The Associated Press
April 21, 2010
The rig was tilting as much as 10 degrees after the blast, but earlier fears that it might topple over appeared unfounded.
Coast Guard environmental teams were on standby, though officials said the damage to the environment appeared minimal so far.


I think our Coast Guard underestimated and misdiagnosed the mortally wounded rig and was not ready for this. Understandable to a point...

Obama's Coast Guard Environmental teams where on stand by to do what?

What was their plan?

Why didn't it work?

Why didn't they know the oil was still flowing and feeding the fire?

It looks like they didn't realize the rig could or would sink even as it listed 10% after the explosion.

Mishandled from Day 1. Thanks Obama!

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#11 Jun 4, 2010
Oil Spill Represents a "Breakdown of Responsibility" in Both Government and Industry

Monday May 24, 2010

As oil continued to flow virtually unchecked from BP's damaged underwater oil well in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar lashed out at BP for failing to seal the well and stop the leak--and he said that the federal government would remove BP from the repair and cleanup effort if the oil company didn't do more to solve the problem.

"I am angry and I am frustrated that BP has been unable to stop this oil from leaking and to stop the pollution from spreading," Salazar told reporters after visiting BP's U.S. headquarters in Houston on Sunday. "We are 33 days into this effort and deadline after deadline has been missed. If we find they're not doing what they're supposed to be doing, we'll push them out of the way appropriately."

Salazar made his comments the day after U.S. President Barack Obama blamed the massive oil spill, which continues to pour a river of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, on "a breakdown of responsibility" at energy giant BP and the other companies associated with the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig that exploded on April 20.

All of this tough talk from the Obama administration is fine, and there is no question that BP deserves every criticism the government can muster, but these comments from Salazar and Obama both ring somewhat hollow in light of other events and considerations.

First of all, the government can't really follow through on Salazar's threat to push BP out of the way because only BP and other oil companies have the knowledge and equipment necessary to stop the oil that is polluting the Gulf of Mexico and coastal wetlands at an alarming rate.

And Allen apparently doesn't share Salazar's frustration with BP officials. Allen said that he trusts BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward, despite his repeated efforts to downplay the size and severity of the oil spill and its environmental impact.

"I trust Tony Hayward," Allen said. "When I talk to him, I get an answer."

The government believed BP (and other oil companies) when it said its offshore drilling operations were environmentally safe, and waived the need for environmental review before issuing permits for those projects, even after the Deepwater Horizon exploded. The government also believed BP when it said it was prepared to manage an oil spill several times larger than the one it now finds unmanageable in the Gulf of Mexico.

So Obama is correct. The Gulf Coast oil spill is due to "a breakdown in responsibility." But that critical breakdown occurred not only at BP and its partner companies, but also at the government agencies that are responsible for regulating and overseeing offshore drilling.



Somerset, NJ

#12 Jun 4, 2010
If BP made a flange-cap and put a flange on the bottom of the riser pipe and then used 8 1-inch diameter bolts along with a plunger made out of a composite or even a metal and composite, then they would have the best chance of sealing the leak. The cap-flange and plunger would be one unit along with a flange at the bottom. The bolts could be welded to either the top of bottom flange. Once the bottom flange is on, the next step would be to align the cape and torque it down. The plunger would seat under immense pressure and act like a compression fitting/seal.

I'm sure this has been suggested numerous times but for some reason BP insists on trying the Keystone Cops method, which is getting them nowhere.
Cheney Oil Inc

Brooksville, FL

#13 Jun 4, 2010
It's time for me to stand up and make a point.

Folks should put the nozzle in the gashole and fill 'er up. Go do some joy riding and burn up some gas to beef up the prices at the pumps.

Somerset, NJ

#16 Jun 4, 2010
Actually the bolts should be welded to the bottom flange pointing upwards because the bolts would protrude out of the flange-cap given all the room necessary to get the nuts on.
clone benson

Bryan, OH

#19 Jun 4, 2010
how much pressure is this oil well doing,send a rocket that has plug in the front of it that expands,just enough fuel to send it down the tube, go figure, it will give you enough time for subs to weld a cap on,is just suggestion, the saw blade would have work with subs applying the right pressure to stop it from binding up, what happen fools?
clone benson

Bryan, OH

#20 Jun 4, 2010
they got torpedos that have no flame, go figure, rockets wont work sorry

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