It turns out that the design of the new cap system that has temporarily plugged the blown out BP oil well in the Gulf was submitted (initially anonymously) by Joe Caldart, a plumber in St. Francis, Kansas.
|By: Jim White Wednesday July 14, 2010 12:45 pm|
When plans were first being disclosed last week for the installation of the new cap on the blown out BP oil well gushing beneath the Gulf of Mexico, the explanation was that the new cap and its associated piping system would be dedicated to catching all of the oil flowing from the well. Sometime on Tuesday, the story changed to a discussion of BP slowly closing all of the valves on the piping system in an attempt to stop the flow of oil rather than catch the flowing oil. Late Tuesday night, however, it was announced that BP’s test of closing the valves was abruptly halted before it began. The key determinant of whether the flow can be stopped from above with a series of valves appears to be whether the well bore itself can withstand the pressure that is needed to stop the oil flow.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday July 13, 2010 5:15 pm|
BP sucessfully installed their new, tighter cap on the Macondo well yesterday, and will now begin testing the valves and the other functions. The goal is to fully capture all of the leaking oil from the well, and officials believe they can achieve that goal. This would not stop the drilling of the relief wells, seen as key to permanently closing up the spill.
|By: Jim White Monday July 12, 2010 9:35 am|
Over the weekend, the top hat was removed from the gushing BP oil well and the old riser pipe was unbolted. A new riser pipe was bolted into place on Sunday, but on Monday morning, this new riser may be bent.
|By: Scarecrow Thursday June 3, 2010 5:40 pm|
As of 8:30 p.m. Eastern, live videos show BP preparing the top hat “cap” to lower over the plume gushing out the top of the Blowout protector (BOP). Here’s one of the live videos.
|By: bmaz Monday May 31, 2010 8:45 am|
As even Obama Administration flak Carol Browner now admits, the only real hope for stopping the oil flow of the biggest environmental disaster in history comes from the relief wells being drilled. But they can not be completed until sometime in August at best (hey, did you know hurricane season is on its way?), and BP has ceased work on one of the two relief wells.