The Largest “Accidental Oil Spill” in History: Lessons of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Day 60

By: Monday June 21, 2010 12:45 pm

As the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico approaches its 2-month mark, there are a few points that deserve to be made, as update. The world is now starting to appreciate the enormity of this disaster, which is likely already the largest “accidental” oil spill in history.


Top Hat and Tails; BP Has Yet Another “Solution”

By: 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.

Carol Browner on BP Efforts to Contain Gusher: It’s Going to Get Worse

By: Sunday May 30, 2010 5:00 pm

Carol Browner, the President’s adviser on environment and climate change, said on Face the Nation that BP’s next effort after “top kill” failed to staunch the gusher could make things even worse, and that we may be facing months of uncontrolled oil/gas gushing into the Gulf.

BP Suspends “Top Kill” Again After “Junk Shot” Hasn’t Stopped Gusher [Update: It Resumes]

By: Friday May 28, 2010 2:40 pm

The New York Times is reporting that BP suspended its “top kill” efforts late last night after it became apparent the effort to clog up the Blowout preventer with a “junk shot” was failing to keep mud from gushing out the BOP and riser pipe.

BP: “Top Kill” Mud Injections Suspended Last Night, Resume Tonight; Fate Uncertain

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 6:15 pm

At a late afternoon news conference, Coast Guard and BP officials sought to put the best face on the fact BP had suspended its “top kill” mud injections since about midnight last night. They hope to restart the effort, possibly combined with a “junk shot,” later Thursday night.

BP, Thad Allen Claim Top Kill Working

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 8:35 am

BP has made enough claims during this process that they need to be careful making any others. Even Fox News anchors recognize they cannot be trusted. Enough mud has apparently been pumped into the well to stop oil from being pumped out, but that could change; it’s basically a pressure battle. And importantly, capping the well this very second would still mean untold millions of gallons of oil on and below the surface of the Gulf. But capping the underwater gusher is clearly a top priority, and right now they’re claiming some success on the top kill.

BP Oil Disaster: Top Kill “Live View” and Discussion

By: Wednesday May 26, 2010 11:48 am

Okay, for any Firedogs and Wheelheads following the big Top Kill moonshot (link is to a great Oil Drum explanation) going on, this is an open discussion thread. If you need a link, CNN has a live feed linked on their front page, here is the NPR feed. If folks have better ones, put them [...]

BP’s New Solution: Top Kill – Can It Work?

By: Thursday May 20, 2010 8:30 am

The latest proposed solution to the gulf oil spill is so-called “Top Kill”, which could begin as early as Sunday.

Top Kill: The Latest Idea On Stopping Oil Eruption Into Gulf

By: Sunday May 9, 2010 6:45 am

After failing to slow the spew of oil into the Gulf of Mexico with a big can, the next kitchen sink is rubbers. No shit.

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