WTF/WTH Wednesdays – Still Leaking…


It is now day 36 and the Deepwater Horizon Well is still leaking, well as of 11:22pm (Eastern) 5/26/2010 BP may have made a break through with the “Kill Shot” method of stopping the leak.

A “top kill” consists of pumping huge amounts of mud and cement into the leak in hopes of stopping it. The mud and cement will be pumped at high pressure from barges down 5,000 feet. BP has stockpiled 50,000 barrels of the manufactured mud, AP reported.

At this point BP is telling us that so far so good on the “top kill” process, if you go to the live feed of the well BP is saying there is a good chance right now that the we are watching the mud from the “top kill” spewing instead of oil. Again this is very preliminary as it will take a couple of days for BP to test and verify samples of what is spewing out of well. If BP can confirm that the “top kill” was successful the next step in the process will be capping the well with some kind of concrete dome. So lets pops some bottles and celebrate right??? Not so fast…

This “top kill” process is very sensitive as BP has to make sure that it does not force too much mud into the well and burst other sections of piping. We must all remember that the only sure way to completely stop this leak; is by drilling a relief well. The purpose of the relief well is help bring the blown out well under-control and ultimately stop the leak. In the oil industry drilling a relief well is the only sure-fire way of stopping leaks like this. Everything else up until this point is really a shot in the dark; top kill, containment dome, siphoning tubes, blowing up the well etc… Drilling a Relief Well takes time (about 3 months) and BP started drilling this well earlier this month. So chances are this leak may not be completely sealed until August, and this is something that we must all realize. That includes the media….

I think I will discuss my disdain for the media coverage during this crisis in another edition of “It’s On Broadway”, HA! I rather dedicate an entire blog to that subject.

Until then…

As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

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