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Gulf oil spill: Oil collection jumps, but bad weather looms

A containment cap continues to capture increasing amounts of oil from BP's leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, but bad weather in the coming days may hamper collection efforts, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says.

Allen said Tuesday about 14,842 barrels of oil had been pulled into a processing vessel above the well in the last 24 hours -- up from about 11,000 reported a day earlier. But an unknown amount of oil is still escaping, and BP intends to swap out the current cap with a bigger one next month that can capture more oil.

"I have never said this is going well," said Allen, who's monitoring the response effort for the government. "We're throwing everything at it that we've got. I've said time and time again that nothing good happens when oil is on the water."

A government panel had estimated the total flow at 12,000 to 19,000 barrels per day, but BP said that cutting a kinked riser pipe before placing the cap could have increased the flow by as much as 20%. Estimates of the leak rate, however, continue to be met with skepticism.

While BP works to ramp up the collection rate, it is undertaking an effort to use hoses to extract oil and send it to a platform vessel. Wells said the hoses and cap operation would be able to capture 20,000 barrels, or 840,000 gallons, of oil per day. BP also plans to place a tighter "sealing valve" over the damaged well.

As the collection effort increases, the disastrous oil slick has expanded to about 120 miles of gulf coastline and has broken into hundreds or thousands of patches of oil and is taking a worsening toll on birds and wildlife.

Complicating that cleanup and containment effort is the possibility of bad weather in the coming days. "The weather may become a little bit of a factor," Allen said. "We continue to watch that very, very closely."

As the hurricane season approaches, larger vessels -- including one located in the North Sea -- also have been mobilized to provide what Allen calls a "more permanent" and "durable solution in heavy weather," including the use of flexible hoses that would allow the rigs to operate in turbulent conditions.

Allen said he had requested multiple systems be in place, "so that if we lose one part of it, we can still produce at the same rate."

Allen also said he was "not comfortable" with the claims system that had been administered by BP to assist individuals and businesses dealing with the financial effects of the spill. "Working claims is not something that's part of BP's organizational competency or capacity," Allen said, noting that he would meet with the company later this week to oversee the process.

-- Kim Geiger, reporting from Washington


 

 
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Kick is the cause of the explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama is right when he said
"We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick". The word Kick is very scientific because the reason for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a Kick.
It is well known in the oil industry and the oil companies are well aware that:
When drilling in oil and gas-bearing formations submerged in deep water, the reservoir gas ( mainly methane) may flow into the well bore and form gas hydrates due to the low temperatures and high pressures found during deep water drilling( similar to the situation in the Deep water Horizon Oil Spill). The gas hydrates may then flow upward with drilling mud or other discharged fluids. As they rise, the pressure in the drill string decreases and the hydrates dissociate into gas and water. The rapid gas expansion ejects fluid from the well, reducing the pressure further, which leads to more hydrate dissociation and further fluid ejection. The resulting violent expulsion of fluid from the drill string is referred to as a "kick" (see. Petroleum Science 6: 57-63, 2009). This could possibly be the reason for the accidents which caused the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dumping dirt (sand, clay and earth dirt contains large spectrum of bacteria) over the rising oil from the leaking pipe at the bottom of the gulf.
My son Sami did not finish high school; he won the trophy for the best martial art player in the province of Ontario. My son said that if he was working his car engine and his hand got dirty with oil and even if water and soap are available, my son prefers to use dirt from the ground (sand and clay) and rub his hand with the dirt. It is the best to remove oil from your hand. Why not dump load of ground dirt (soil consisting of sand and clay and earth dirt) onto the site where the oil is coming out from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. I mean 4 to 5 ship load every day. It is cheaper, Greener, and very effective. The rising crude oil will mix with the sand and dirt and settle to the bottom. It is confirmed that the under sea plumes are in anaerobic conditions ( no oxygen) , and thus this will be a heaven for anaerobic bacteria that can in the absence of oxygen eat everything’s and a good source of these bacteria comes from dirt. Later when the rising oil leak will be stopped, the mixture of sand and oil can be vacuumed from the bottom and treated accordingly.

this bp event is purely criminal, the response is wholly inadequate. the gulf is ruined, for a long time. the oil is bad, the dispersants make it an environmental bomb of massive proportions, putting SECRET toxic dispersants directly into the water table - no regulations, not even the government knows the chemicals in the dispersants. but we will see those chemicals in the many physical impacts that will be studied in years to come, deformities or other ailments caused by super toxic chemical-0il bomb in the gulf's once prisitine waters..

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BP Plans to Replace Containment Cap Next Month
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http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/06/07/national/main6557952.shtml
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"Company [BP] Believes a Bigger Cap Will "Provide a Better, Tighter Fit" over Oil Well Blowout at the Bottom of the Gulf of Mexico"
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it's (exactly) MY IDEA published in June 6 on my blog and posted hundreds times (or sent via email with the text below) on several blogs everywhere on the Web... CBS, CNN, DHR Facebook Page, BBC, Huffington Post, WSJ, Bloomberg, NYT, BusinessWeek, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, etc. etc. etc.
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thanks BP to have (finally!) decided to adopt MY VERY GOOD IDEA, but, NOT SO THANK for having waited so much to adopt MY ideas, and to (still) haven't acknowledged me as the inventor of this idea... :[
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the BP's "cap" CLEARLY is a DRAMATICALLY WRONG idea!!!
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don't wait more DAYS or WEEKS to do something better!!!
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take a look and adopt NOW my NEW idea just published!!!
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it can STOP up to 100% of the leak in a matter of days!!!
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http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
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in the mean time, just seeing its live video, the oil flow from the BP wellhead seems INCREASED VERY MUCH despite the "cap"...
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http://www.deepwaterbp.com/
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and others agree with me...
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37573643/ns/disaster_in_the_gulf/
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and it should continue to spill oil until this year's fall...
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WHEN the US governement and the Coast Guard will (finally!) take the control of the crisis so far leaved to the BP's businessmen?
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also the US Coast Guard no longer believes in BP... "Coast Guard seeking new ideas on dealing with oil disaster"
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http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/06/07/oil.disaster.new.ideas/
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It is absolutely imperative that the Deepwater Horizon oil leak be abated prior to August when hurricane season starts in earnest. The ramifications of a category 3+ hurricane hitting the oil spill area would be beyond catastrophic.

I have never said this is going well, either. Not in so many words.

why cant bp just get on the tv and tell the public that they dont know what to do?

The fruits of de-regulation. This is why simplistic "get government of the backs" ideology is so destructive. Add Food safety, mine safety, or auto safety. If you cap the liability, you privatize the profits and socialize the risks. We will all pay for Oil company profits.

America's addiction to Oil has it's costs. When thousands are sickened by oil fumes on the Gulf Coast this summer, let's hope they remember that smell when they're at the gas station.

bad spill hopefully they fix it

bad spill hopefully they fix it


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