Its day 91 of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster and day 5 since the 75 ton containment cap stopped the oil flow. Current pressure readings are just above 6800 psi, and according to BP officials, they are encouraged enough to begin considering a new procedure, a static kill.
Jamming the well with mud
A static kill according to Kent Wells, BP’s Vice President is a procedure still in its infancy stages that would be more effective than the previously top kill procedures that were so ineffective they were ceased. A static kill is thought to be more effective by BP and Admiral Thad Allen who has the final say because the well seems to have integrity and basically pump very heavy drilling mud into the well, forcing the oil and gasses into the reservoir.
Relief well DD3 “perfectly placed”
Wells emphatically pointed out that the static kill procedures would not replace the relief well end all to this nightmare on Gulfstreet. He indicated that the scientists and engineers are very pleased with DD3’s current placement, 4 horizontal feet from the Macondo well and are preparing to resume drilling on Wednesday with a goal to intersect by the end of July. Even with intersection, completely killing the well via DD3 is still scheduled for mid-August. DD2 is on standby as a backup relief well.
Helix Producer and Q4000 on standby
According to Admiral Allen and Kent Wells, if there is any breech in the well’s integrity, which continues to be closely monitored, the Helix and Q4000 as well as other skimmers are ready to suck oil right up to their ships and minimize the flow into the gulf.
In the aftermath of what seems to be very encouraging signs, local business owners and residents of Panama City are still reeling with heads spinning because of the impact on the local economy. One local daycare center, Surfside said even they have suffered due to the oil spill. Just how deep does this oil spill flow?
The voice of the people
In the following weeks, we will profile local businesses and residents who have been affected, even though massive amounts of oil have yet to hit Panama City Beach shores. Property taxes, reservation cancellations, families out of work and as such out of funds… We’ll bring you their stories, and hopefully bring them solutions! Keeping you informed 24/7. www.dampfang.com