Slayer of the DP Newsbot
- Aug 27, 2005
- Reaction score
- Houston, TX
- Political Leaning
BP cautioned that the oil cutoff, while welcomed, won't go beyond the 48 hours. Valves will open after that to resume siphoning oil to two ships on the surface, the Q4000 and Helix Producer, as government and BP officials assess the data and decide what to do next.
"It felt very good to see no oil going into the Gulf of Mexico," Wells said in a briefing. He said company officials are "obviously very encouraged" but they are "trying to maintain a strict focus" on remembering the whole purpose of the test, which is to gather data and decide how to proceed.
"I don't want to create a false sense of excitement," he said. "We want to move forward and make the right decisions."
I think some enterprising engineer at BP should come up with a way to drill the surface of the Gulf. I bet he'd end up a millionaire. :mrgreen:
This is a very encouraging sign, but note that the cap is just temporary for testing purposes. BP plans to remove the cap and continue siphoning what they can after the tests are complete
Source [CNN | No oil leaking as BP begins critical pressure tests in Gulf oil well]
BP says it has temporarily stopped oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico from its leaking well.
It is the first time the flow has stopped since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig on 20 April.
The well has been sealed with a cap as part of a test of its integrity that could last up to 48 hours.
US President Barack Obama said the development was a "positive sign" but noted that BP was still in the testing phase.
BP executive Kent Wells said the oil had been stopped at 1425 local time (1925 GMT) and he was "excited" by the progress.
"It is very good to see no oil go into the Gulf of Mexico," said Mr Wells.
BP shares rose in New York trading on Thursday after the flow was stopped, having already performed well over the day.
But BP is stressing that even if no oil escapes for 48 hours, that will not mean the flow of oil and gas has been stopped permanently.
BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles emphasised that there was no reason for "celebration" yet, particularly for those in areas already damaged by oil.
BBC News - BP says oil has stopped leaking from Gulf well
Some more positive news. :mrgreen:
However. It is temporary, but it proves whatever they are doing is starting to work. And we still have to worry about the clean up, and the many people who are suffering and will continue to suffer in the years to come.