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Gulf oil spill: New siphon system increases oil collection

BP introduced a new system Wednesday for sucking up some of the oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday, bringing the total daily containment capacity to a maximum 28,000 barrels a day -- a fraction of the estimated 35,000 to 60,000 barrels flowing daily from the undersea well.

The new system uses equipment from a previously failed attempt to plug the well known as the "top kill" strategy, which sought to plug the leak with heavy drilling fluid. Since then, the equipment has been tweaked to suck oil from the well's failed blowout preventer and through a series of hoses to a ship on the ocean's surface, where it will be burned off.

The new siphon can remove about 5,000 to 10,000 barrels a day and will operate concurrently with an existing containment cap system that has the capacity to capture up to 18,000 barrels a day. To date, however, the containment cap has been collecting, at best, about 16,000 barrels a day.

On Tuesday, the ship collecting that oil was struck by lightning, touching off a small fire that halted the oil collection for about five hours and delayed the introduction of the new oil-collection system by a day.

BP said it plans to move yet another set of equipment into place that will allow the company to collect 53,000 barrels of oil daily by the end of June. The company said it will be able to collect 60,000 to 80,000 barrels daily by as early as mid-July.

A BP statement Wednesday noted that neither of the current collection systems has ever been used at such depths, adding that "their efficiency and ability to contain the oil and gas cannot be assured."

-- Richard Fausett

 
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check the website above for more information about the oil eating microbes they should put into the Gulf after they siphon all the air out from under it so it doesn't blow up sending oil everywhere, the government wants to heat that air up on the eleventh of this month and blow it up. we have to do something to stop that from happening!!

DONNA - PLEASE TURN CAPS LOCK OFF

It is really annoying and makes me not want to read anything you are saying.

THANK GOD FOR KEVIN COSTNER,HIS INSIGHT AND HIS DEDICATION
AS I RECALL,IT WAS A GROUP OF NASA SCIENTISTS,WHO DEVELOPED THE MECHANISM TO REMOVE THE OIL FROM PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND.
WHY,THOUGH AT THIS POINT,SHOULD SHOULD I TRUST BP TO COME TO THE PLATE...HOLY COW,THAT MIGHT BE A KIN TO SOMETHING ETHICAL!
SURELY OUR GOVERNMENT HAS A LEGAL RIGHT TO FINE THEM.
SAVING THE GULF COAST CAN NO LONGER WAIT FOR A GENTLEMAN'S APPROACH....
A WAKE UP CALL TO ALL THOSE IN GOVERNMENT;
WHILE YOU ARE POLISHING YOUR SWORD,BIG OIL MAY BE POINTING A GUN IN YOUR DIRECTION...SURELY IT'S MISTAKES AND INACTIVITY ARE KILLING TOO MANY CREATURES(GREAT AND SMALL).
LET US "BE THE PEOPLE"
CALL,EMAIL OR WRITE YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AS WELL AS THE WHITE HOUSE. STOP DONATING TO ANY AND ALL POLITICANS
CONTACT YOUR FAMILIY AND FRIENDS TO PASS THE WORD...IT IS TIME TO FIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE,ANIMALS AND A CENTURIES OLD WAY OF LIFE ALL BEING POISONED BY GREED AND LEFT
BEHIND,EVEN BY MANY,WHO REALLY DO CARE.
WE CAN DO THIS...THINK WORLD CUP SEASON:
STOP PICKING THE GRASS AND START KICKING!

BP does not need to produce all of the oil, only enough to assure the BOP's and thier plug can withstand the pressure inside the BOP's. This problem is much simpler than they are making it. Basic Petroleum Engineering Principles, if applied will greatly simply what the try. It will be difficult designing and installing an effective pack-off but it can be done and it will be the first step in the right direction they have taken since tieing into the BOP's nearly a month ago.

BP does not need to produce all of the oil, only enough to assure the BOP's and thier plug can withstand the pressure inside the BOP's. This problem is much simpler than they are making it. Basic Petroleum Engineering Principles, if applied will greatly simply what the try. It will be difficult designing and installing an effective pack-off but it can be done and it will be the first step in the right direction they have taken since tieing into the BOP's nearly a month ago.

It is becoming clear that the major problem is that the oil is under great pressures not previously recognized. These pressures can only come from the spinning mass of iron within the core of the earth. Some scientists believe that the great heat and pressure generate oil (abiogenic) rather than the breakdown of small cells, plant material and dinasaurs. If this is true, then this drilling which has taken place where the mantle of earth is thinner has essentially penetrated the deep earth with its reflected pressures. I believe that they are afraid to close the hole because there would be other splits or leaks in the drilling operation that would be even more difficult to contain. Drilling additional wells in this vincinity might also results in oil leaks and compound the problems. Holes drilled approximately 1000 feet along side this drilling site filled with explosives might crush this hole and stop the leak. Any further drilling, unless new technology develops is fraught with similar problems. Of course if oil is generated by the spinning mass of molten iron with its diamter of 1500 miles, spinning faster than the earth itself, one must ask the question "Does this oil serve some greater purpose than providing fuel for our cars". It is possible that this oil serves some vital inner earth purpose such as stabilizng the tectonic plates or providing an appropriate innerface between the spinning iron ball and the adjacent material. Think about it, this is really important. Eddie Adelstein

It's interesting how, as the ability of BP to collect the oil increases, the estimate of how much oil is leaking increases. Not that I find anything sinister about it, it seems their chief method of estimating how much oil is leaking is collecting the oil, and if they are taking in 10,000 Barrels a day and watching a video still pouring out massive amounts of oil - basically they have to conclude that a whole bunch more oil must be leaking out - not quite scientific, but very few predicted it was this high from the start.

I wonder why they don't build up pipes and a strong containment around the site of the gusher and seal it around at the bottom. They could then put in pressure valves to minimize the pressure and outpour then cap it off at a higher point. Go with the flow.
If we ever survive this assault on the enviornment this offshore oil well garbage had better stop.


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