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Underwater footage: capping the first leak

May 7, 2010

This video was released by BP to show a remote operating vehicle (ROV) closing one of the three leaks that are spewing at least 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the waters off Gulf coastal states about a mile underwater.

“…The oil gushing out is quite incredible – you can see it at about the 2 minute 15 second mark of the video,” writes Kevin Grandia on Energyboom.com.

On Friday, BP engineers were expected to lower a massive metal containment chamber onto a ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in an effort to stem the widening slick before it reaches mainland.

Video footage provided by BP via the United States Coast Guard.
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On April 22nd, the Horizon platform sank and left a 800 foot section of mangled riser pipe on the Gulf floor, leaking …

A) 1000 barrels per day at the first 90 degree bend just five feet above the 4 story blowout preventer which sits on top of the well head.
B) 5000 barrels per day at a hole located just past the middle of the 800 foot section left on the Gulf floor.
C) 24,000 barrels per day still venting out the end of the pipe.

Tuesday night (May 4th) deep water submersibles cut off the end of the pipe and installed a valve, and then closed the valve on the 24,000 barrels per day leak. This put additional back pressure on the middle leak, likely kicking it up to around 6000 barrels per day. The dome experiment is hoping to collect that 6000 barrels per day, and if they are smart, they will leave well enough alone with the 1000 barrel per day leak at the well.

The accident spilled roughly 16 million gallons of crude until they closed off the pipe end, (Tuesday night). Since then it has been leaking roughly 250,000 to 300,000 gallons per day, so figure another two million gallons will leak before they can get this dome thingie to work… if they get it to work. So, if the dome works, you have a 18 million gallon spill in deep water, all of which is hit with a dispersant, to keep it from surfacing, in the hope that it will not head inland.

No one really thinks the dome thingie is going to work; look at the numbers based on it not working; you’ve already got 16 million gallons in the water on May 5th, add to that another one million gallons every four days for the four months, minimum, it will take to drill the relief well (gotta drill down four miles!) and the spill goes from 16 million to 46 million gallons in the Gulf. Over 90% of that will linger in the depths just offshore, out of reach of the loop current, waiting silently just under the waves —- ready for the first hurricane to plaster it onto the shoreline from Texas to Florida.

This could be the biggest onshore oil mess ever witnessed… once you wipe out the wildlife… it is gone. It doesn’t suddenly pop back up next year; you have to have mommies and daddies to make babies… this oil wipes out everything, you will never have it again in this lifetime.

Posted by risenstar | Report as abusive
 

Excellent! Thanks for posting this amazing video. It is very heartening to see that a suggestion I made to Deepwater Horizon Unified Command on April 25, 2010 was ultimately successful.

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