Thursday, BP stopped the oil spill from flowing into the Gulf of Mexico after three months of continuous flow. BP said that they didn’t want to get overly excited and that the containment cap may not continue to work or may only work for a six hour period. The longer the containment cap holds the better.
Over the past few days, the pressure tests to determine if the ruptured oil well could with stand the pressure have been stopped several times. Wednesday, BP had to stop to fix a choke line.
Currently, the well is being watched closely in six-hour periods. BP said Wednesday that they want to see high pressure readings which means the well is containing the oil. Low pressure readings indicate an oil leak.
BP said they aren’t expecting the stop in oil leaking to last more than 48 hours, but that the whole purpose is to gather data.
“It felt very good to see no oil going into the Gulf of Mexico,” BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells said Thursday.
“I don’t want to create a false sense of excitement,” he said. “We want to move forward and make the right decisions.”
BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles told CNN that, “It’s way too early to celebrate.”
Adm. Thad Allen from the Coast Guard said that it “remains likely” the containment ships will still be needed after the test, and that the ultimate solution is still the relief wells being drilled.
See the video below that shows the stopping of the oil flowing from the ruptured oil well.
Thursday, a BP executive gave the most positive statement to date about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and when they think it will be contained. BP managing director Bob Dudley told the Wall Street Journal, “In a perfect world with no interruptions, it’s possible to be ready to stop the well between July 20 and July 27.” For more on that story, click here.
A US Navy blimp will be used in the Gulf of Mexico to help detect where the oil is on the surface of the water. The 178-foot long blimp will help to reduce fuel costs, and can stay in the air longer than the airplanes that are currently doing the job. For more on that story, click here.
Last weekend, the world’s largest oil skimmer was been the Gulf for testing and was assigned a 25 square mile area to separate oil from the water; the A Whaler has the capacity to skim 21 millions of gallons of oil per day. Results from weekend testing were inconclusive because of rough waters in the Gulf, and will be extended for the next few days. If approved, BP intends to lease the Taiwanese vessel to help with cleanup in the Gulf. The vessel was built this year and it is twice as long as the Titanic. For more information on the vessel, click here.
To see incredible photos of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, click here.
To see photos taken recently of the oil spill that hit the Louisiana coastline and the wildlife it has affected, click here.
Last Saturday, scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) met with BP to discuss the chemicals that are being used to break up the oil spill that sits on top of the water in the Gulf of Mexico. Thursday, the EPA released its findings on the toxicity testing on eight dispersants used in the Gulf. The findings showed that the chemicals placed in the water without oil did not disrupt marine life, but more tests are needed to show what happens when the chemicals are mixed with oil. For more on that story, click here.
Last week the state of Louisiana asked BP to pay for the mental health costs of residents in the state because of the oil spill, but BP isn’t paying. A suicide occurred because of the oil spill and loss of income occurred in Louisiana. Captain William Allen Kruse committed suicide, after his life and lifestyle changed dramatically because of oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. For more on his story, click here.
Hurricane Alex hit Mexico and Texas last week and residents in the Gulf were concerned about how it would affect the oil spill cleanup efforts. For more on that story and to see photos of the Hurricane Alex, click here.
Actor Kevin Costner has invested about $26 million into his Ocean Therapy Solutions machine, and six of the machines were sent to the Gulf for testing. BP ordered 32 more machines that recycle water to separate the oil. For more information on this story, click here.
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