Day 40 and No End in Sight

2010 May 30
by bc3b

Today is day 40 in the BP Gulf oil spill with no end in sight,. Barack Obama was grandstanding at his press conference (the first in more than 300 days) when lt appeared that “daddy had stopped the leak.” Now, we’re into the Memorial Day weekend and “The One” and his administration have more important things on their mind. There’s basketball to be played and barbecues to attend. Gov. Jindal and the people on the Gulf Coast will just have to wait.

Here’s the latest on the situation:

VENICE, La./HOUSTON, May 29 (Reuters) – BP Plc (BP.L) said on Saturday the complex “top kill” maneuver to plug its Gulf of Mexico oil well has failed, crushing hopes for a quick end to the largest oil spill in U.S. history already in its 40th day.

“We have not been able to stop the flow,” said Doug Suttles, the London-based oil giant’s chief operating officer.

“We have made the decision to move on to the next option,” he added.

But it was fraught with risk because it had never been attempted at the depth of the well, a mile (1.6 km) beneath the sea.

That next option is called the lower marine riser package cap, one that captures oil from the well rather than plug it. Suttles said it could take four days or longer to show results.

U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Mary Landry, flanking Suttles at a daily briefing, said the news of the top kill failure was disappointing and that the best option for ending the spill was drilling a relief well which BP estimates will take two months.

The top kill maneuver started on Wednesday and involved pumping heavy fluids and other material into the well shaft to stifle the flow, then seal it with cement.

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Hat tip: Reuters

28 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 May 30 4:59 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    “U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Mary Landry, flanking Suttles at a daily briefing, said the news of the top kill failure was disappointing and that the best option for ending the spill was drilling a relief well which BP estimates will take two months.”

    Any planner with a PMI cert of less recognizes this as serial planning that any 8yo can execute.

    * Why was not the relief well started Day 10?
    * Is the lower marine riser package cap onsite or is the 4 days of delay because they have to ship it there?

    Every option that was available on the table should have been in execution/planning from about Day 5. One option fails you swing the next one into action at the same time you are bringing a new drill rig into place. As it is BP has lost 1 of their 2 months (day 41 right?) for bringing a relief well online by this type of thinking….

  2. 2010 May 30 5:22 am
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    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 –

    I couldn’t agree more, Considering the extent of thie leak, which was known immediately, multiple options should have been on the table from the start. Top Kill could have been tried within the first 10 days rather than waiting until day 39 (and three attempts) to discover it didn’t work).

    The thing I find most upsetting is that while our nation is facing a national catastrophe, the administration is going on with business as usual (vacations, golf, the Paul McCartney concert, etc.) while the livlihood of many on the Gulf Coast is being destroyed along with the environment.

  3. 2010 May 30 5:35 am
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    The end of offshore drilling as we know it. The enviros couldn’t be happier.

  4. 2010 May 30 5:57 am
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    fedupartist permalink

    Day 40 and No End in Sight

    …..

    The Obama’s vacation or the oil leak?

  5. 2010 May 30 6:25 am
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    fedupartist permalink

    Israel stations nuclear missile subs off Iran

    Timesonline

  6. 2010 May 30 6:29 am
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    “The end of offshore drilling as we know it.”

    or…the beginning of on-shore drilling!

  7. 2010 May 30 6:33 am
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    [URL=http://thumbsnap.com/8HbW9BqZ][IMG]http://thumbsnap.com/t/8HbW9BqZ.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

  8. 2010 May 30 6:38 am
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    DADT~~~

  9. 2010 May 30 6:51 am
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    fedupartist permalink

    Don’t laugh, cross-dressing will be next.

  10. 2010 May 30 6:52 am
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    bc3b permalink

    There will still be offshore drinning in the gulf. The Chinese will be doing it.

  11. 2010 May 30 6:57 am
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    Where’s Yahoo???

  12. 2010 May 30 7:02 am
    [12]

    RWY is being measured for his new blouse and high heels.

  13. 2010 May 30 7:18 am
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    bc3b permalink

    #10 Eph, it was your turn to watch him.

  14. 2010 May 30 7:52 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Maybe Yahoo is serving 30 days for “keyboard rage.”

  15. 2010 May 30 8:37 am
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    TLS permalink

    From Fed’s link:

    It was Obama’s second visit to Louisiana in the 39 days since disaster struck. According to C’BS’s Mark Knoller, in the same period Bush visited the post-Katrina region seven times.

    Ouch!! If comments like that keep coming up, Obama may never mention Bush ever again. The UK press, doing the journalism that the US media won’t do.

  16. 2010 May 30 9:02 am
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    fedupartist permalink

    I wonder how many Gulf region jobs have been lost over this.

    Friday’s May jobs report should be interesting.

    10% again?

  17. 2010 May 30 9:26 am
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    Drill baby Drill.

  18. 2010 May 30 9:31 am
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    16 – Private sector unemployment is of no concern to barry, especially if it’s in a red state.

  19. 2010 May 30 9:32 am
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    11 – I didn’t think he like heels?

  20. 2010 May 30 9:36 am
    [21]

    Who are the people in your neighborhood.

    Farrakhan, press have minor ‘stand-off’ in Obama’s neighborhood
    http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/2334762,farrakhan-press-stand-off-053010.article

  21. 2010 May 30 9:38 am
    [22]

    Mexican pirates?

    ZAPATA, Texas (AP) – The waters of Falcon Lake normally beckon boaters with waterskiing and world-record bass fishing. But this holiday weekend, fishermen on the waters that straddle the U.S.-Mexico border are on the lookout for something more sinister: pirates.

  22. 2010 May 30 10:49 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    The thing I find most upsetting is that while our nation is facing a national catastrophe, the administration is going on with business as usual (vacations, golf, the Paul McCartney concert, etc.) while the livlihood of many on the Gulf Coast is being destroyed along with the environment. — BC

    Yes and No. If you really believe in small government, then it is none of their damn business. The only thing the government should be doing is tallying up the bill of all lost opportunity costs so that they maybe presented to BP as a cost of operations. It is THEIR spill after all.

    If you want small government then you need to think small government. If its is therefore not the govt business then I hate to say it, enjoy your vacation Obama.

  23. 2010 May 30 10:52 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    18, KH I would agree. Fact when they first started doing employment reports it was for the purpose of projecting future quarterly payments and SS inflows. Over time it got political.

  24. 2010 May 30 10:54 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    21 – Glad to see the MSM finally joined the party. The problem is, this has been going on for a little less than a year. Druggies are using the lakc as a transport link. If I be fishing there and snag a square grouper, I be throwing it back pronto. Staying alive requires a string limit of zero on those critters.

  25. 2010 May 30 11:13 am
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    22- I agree with you on this, unfortunately we don’t really live in that world atm.

  26. 2010 May 30 11:17 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    KH,

    Me neither. However I was first exposed to square grouper when I was a teenager in Florida. The grouper were the size of cotton bales then. But you didn’t touch’em. Some shrimp boat pull up and blow your boat apart.

  27. 2010 May 30 11:28 am
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    mulletover permalink

    #7

    Is he a member of the “rear” guard?

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