Sunday, Thad Allen from the Coast Guard said that testing in the Gulf of Mexico revealed a “seep a distance from the well,” and he ordered BP to notify the government if other leaks were found near or around the oil well.
“When seeps are detected, you are directed to marshal resources, quickly investigate, and report findings to the government in no more than four hours,” Allen wrote in a letter on Sunday to BP Chief Managing Director Bob Dudley.
Monday, Allen said that he alerted BP that there are “a number of unanswered questions about the monitoring systems they committed to as a condition of the U.S. government extending the well integrity test.”
Allen said that after conducting a Sunday night conference call with BP he authorized them to continue the integrity tests for another 24 hours. The tests began Friday and were only expected to go for an initial 48 hours, but the new containment cap was holding and the pressure although not perfect, was good.
Friday, BP was able to completely stop the oil spill with the new containment cap and said that they were conducting a 48 hour test. Saturday, BP announced that the containment cap may hold the oil for a longer period. For more on that story, click here.
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.
The world’s largest oil skimmer has been in the Gulf for testing and 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.
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.
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.
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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