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Gulf oil spill: Lightning-ignited fire halts oil collection system [Updated]

A bolt of lightning struck the ship capturing oil from the blown-out BP well in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, igniting a fire that halted containment efforts in another setback for the embattled company in its nearly two-month struggle to stop the spill, the company said.

The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was injured. BP said it hopes to resume containing oil from the well sometime Tuesday afternoon. The fire occurred on the Discoverer Enterprise, where engineers are siphoning about 16,000 barrels of oil a day through a cap on top of the well.

“At the moment, there's no capture, no containment going on, but we'll start up the Enterprise when it's safe to do so,” BP spokesman Robert Wine said.

The company will use robotic submarines to survey the entire containment system, including the cap over the well, for possible damage from the fire. The fire occurred in a vent pipe leading from a tank on the Enterprise where processed oil is stored.

Louisiana has been hit with several storms and lightning strikes in the past day.

[Updated at 12:23 p.m.: BP had been planning to ramp up a second, complementary oil collection plan Tuesday that could take up to an additional 5,000 to 10,000 barrels of oil daily.

The company has promised the Coast Guard that in late June, it will have the technology in place to take up all of the estimated 35,000 to 40,000 barrels of oil that continue to spew from the undersea well.]

-- Richard Fausset in Atlanta

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 
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this is a taste of what could happen during one of those storms that are prevalent in the gulf.......

this toxic devastation is terrible.....
Did You Know?
BP engineers alerted federal regulators at the Minerals Management Service that they were having difficulty controlling the Macondo well (Deepwater Horizon) six weeks before the disaster, according to e- mails released by the Energy and Commerce Committee.

“I don’t think this would have happened on Exxon’s watch,” Tom Bower, author of “The Squeeze: Oil, Money and Greed in the 21st Century,” said in a June 11 Bloomberg Television interview. “They’d be much more careful and much more conscious of the need to supervise subcontractors.”

WELL excuse me your sainted Exxon....... and Chevron and ConocoPhillips.

Let’s just take a look at a few of your past misdemeanours, and then we can consider again – if the moratorium on deepwater drilling should be lifted, and place it all firmly back into your nice clean hands!

http://just-me-in-t.blogspot.com/2010/06/fairy-stories-about-oil-companies.html

To Jim in Gulf Shores,

The President didn't need to maximize the effects of this disaster. BP's and Halliburton's own incompetence and gross negligence accomplished that. And now more than ever it should be abundantly apparent that we need to wean ourselves from an oil economy as soon as we possibly can. That's not Obama's policy. That's the only policy that makes any sense. Why would you want to persist in doing more of what, one day, will result in this sort of tragedy, all over again? It's time to get behind the best option available to this country, the Gulf of Mexico, and our Gulf states. Quickly find alternatives to our oil addiction.

Lightning also toasted that Jebus statue in Ohio. And the General
faints.

US = Fail.

Folks in glass empires shouldn't fly drones.

Tonight Pres Obama will address the nation about the "oil spill". I would like to know, did he maximize the damage from the spill so he could promote his energy policy? Did he sacrifice the Gulf of Mexico so he could push his green policy? Did he keep out the Dutch and other foreign ships who could have collected the oil at sea to insure it would hit the beaches of the Gulf?

If he promotes his energy policy tonight it will be a slap in the face of the people of the Gulf of Mexico.

Jim in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Tonight Pres Obama will address the nation about the "oil spill". I would like to know, did he maximize the damage from the spill so he could promote his energy policy? Did he sacrifice the Gulf of Mexico so he could push his green policy? Did he keep out the Dutch and other foreign ships who could have collected the oil at sea to insure it would hit the beaches of the Gulf?

If he promotes his energy policy tonight it will be a slap in the face of the people of the Gulf of Mexico.

Jim in Gulf Shores, Alabama

I swear, if we are not telling you the truth about the cleanup then let God strike us down with lightning.


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