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BP sticks a tube in the oil leak, but the company is still under pressure to find a permanent solution.
BP managed to pull off the complex operation. So when natural gas was coming out of the tube at the ocean surface, BP breathed in a sigh of relief as the technique seemed to be working as planned. While the tube was temporarily dislodged, they were able to reinsert it.
Overnight the Riser Insertion Tube Tool was successfully tested and inserted into the leaking riser, capturing some amounts of oil and gas. The oil was stored on board the Discoverer Enterprise drill ship 5,000 feet above on the water's surface, and natural gas was burned through a flare system on board the ship. [BP]
This helps to contain the flow, but ultimately BP wants to shut off the oil from the well.
Government officials agree, noting this is "not a solution to the problem and it is not yet clear how successful it may be", according to the The BBC.
President Obama seems to be loosing his patience with BP. He has hand picked a group of scientists known for their stellar creative solving problem abilities. The five man team of nuclear experts visited the crisis center, where they brainstormed and came up with a really good idea. (We have no further details on what the good idea is though).
The dream team will continue to work with the company's scientists until they reach a solution. Richard Garwin, the scientist known for developing the first hydrogen bomb, is among the experts.
Speaking of bombs, the Russians used to nuke natural gas leaks. The Russians detonated nuclear bombs to stop four natural gas leaks that occurred between 1966 to 1981. But that's far different than oil wells spewing oil.
BP engineers are betting on golf balls and rubber to clog the oil spill. It sounds creative, but seems complicated to execute so deep in the ocean.
BP was last night trying to position a "top hat" containment device – intended to slow the flow of oil – while still working on its final "top-kill" solution which involves filling the well with old golf balls and pieces of car tyre, followed by mud and then cement, in an attempt to absorb and then stop the flow. [The Telegraph]
Image via BBC from BP
May 16, 2010
Hello, Maybe they can bring in the pipe a rubber balloon, pumped up with air (like dottering a bloodvain). The balloon will close the pipe. They can bring in the balloon with a smaller pipe, through which they pump the air.
I think closing the pipe while it is under high pressure is impossible or will take a very long time. In the meanwhile, or possible as a final solution, huge 40 feet containers should be used to capture all the all getting out. Seal 4 or 5 huge 40 ft. containers next to each other. Then Burn out their bottoms and interior sides, in order to become one very big 'square' container or cover with closed sides but without a bottom. Make a huge hole in the top and construct/attach a huge pipe upwards on it, a pipe that finally much be attached a big pump, sucking up all the oil/water that is underneath the container. Put this huge funnel above the leaking pipe, at the bottom of the sea. It works like a big 'vacuum' cleaner'. It is a very simple solution, that does not take very much time to construct and will suck all oil up to the surface. Very often work the best. Why do i got the impression that it is BP 's interest to not close the leak? firstname.lastname@example.org, Belgium
To control the oil coming out of the well until some method is devised to stop the leak; like a hot air balloon, place a large empty fabric (of appropriate strength material) bag over the leak, allow the bag to fill with oil, when full remove bag and replace with a new bag. These proceedures should be easy enough to do using a remote controled devise. Take these full bags away from the area and then pump the oil inside of them into tankers. Some oil will escape when switching bags but nothing compaired to what is being lost now. Even if you have to change this bag every couple of days it is still better than allowing the oil to spill freely into the water. Pass this on, it will work.
Maybe a solution. Why not try to drill a hole to the side and then drill a hole in to the pipe below the where the leak is and try to plug it that way. just as you would if someone was stuck in a well, drill a hole in side ways to pump in oxygen, why cant the same thing work for the oil leak.
I work in a clinic where we angioplastis a balloon is entered in the artery and blown up once inside I think a large balloon inserted in the pipe and then blown up to seal the pipe would work...Ralph
I think the best solution is to cut the pipe and fit a "roustabout" fitting with a victallic valve. I know this pipe is a long way down - but it can be done with a remote submersible equipped with the proper tools
Taking this long to plug a leak is unexceptable. Mr. Cordoba, great minds think a like. If engineered and done properly with a valve that will work.
from the onset BP's actions have reeked of salvaging the well for the profit rather then sealing it off to protect the lives of gulf coast anilmals and business. what a dissapointment that our gov. has not taken a firm hand in protecting its citizens whos livelyhood depends on these watters. i can not believe that it could not have been shut down sooner. another protect big business and screw the rest. this will be another fiasco like the alaska spill. the lives of the those that rely on the gulf for their livelyhood will be destroyed and even if a judgement is levied on them BP will keep it suspended in the courtroom just like exon and no one will get restitution. what has the news media done, keep pouring a little honey on it to make it look like they are truly trying to fix it when in fact their only concern is dammage control in the media.
What if the tube being inserted had a inflatable outer surface, that once inserted into the broken pipe and inflated against the interior surface of the damaged would seal space between the outer face of the tube being inserted and inner surface damaged well pipe. Julio Cordoba e-mail email@example.com