Day 85 In The Gulf: BP Prepares to Test New Cap Installed on Oil Leak

Update 07/13/2010

The new cap on the well is secure and does not appear to be leaking, however, a new and smaller “BOP” has been attached to the new cap … the oil is flowing through the old “LMRP” or Lower Marine Riser Package … through the new cap … into the new BOP and out the top end of the new BOP into the gulf …. the Feds & BP are closing off vents in the new BOP and they will eventually attach a new riser or pipe to the top end of the “new “BOP” to take the oil to the surface …. at the moment … the oil continues to flow into the Gulf …. however, the new repair appears on track to stop the spill ……….

NPR’s 6 camera live feed ….

BP Prepares to Test New Cap Installed on Oil Leak

After securing a new, tight-fitting cap on top of the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, BP prepared Tuesday to begin tests to see if it will hold and stop fresh oil from polluting the waters for the first time in nearly three months.

The oil giant expects to know within 48 hours if the new cap, which landed Monday after almost three days of painstaking, around-the-clock work a mile below the Gulf’s surface, can stanch the flow.

The cap’s installation was good news to weary Gulf Coast residents who have warily waited for BP to make good on its promise to clean up the mess. Still, they warned that even if the oil is stopped, the consequences are far from over.

Starting Tuesday, the cap will be tested and monitored to see if it can withstand pressure from the gushing oil and gas. The tests could last anywhere between six to 48 hours, according to National Incident Commander Thad Allen.

The cap will be tested by closing off three separate valves that fit together snugly, choking off the oil from entering the Gulf. BP expects no oil will be released into the ocean during the tests, but remained cautious about the success of the system.

BP will be watching pressure readings. High pressure is good, because it would mean the leak has been contained inside the wellhead machinery. But if readings are lower than expected, that could mean there is another leak elsewhere in the well.

Live Feed:

McAuley’s  World Comment’s

BP has now replaced the old “cap” – and has placed a new, smaller blow out preventer (BOP) on top of the new well cap which has been “bolted” down on the well.

The testing that is planned will determine whether there has been additional damage done to the well casing. If the pressure in the well increases it may mean that there is no further internal damage.

If there has been no further internal damage done and with a new BOP atop the well, a permanent fix has, in fact, been achieved …

A fix that was accomplished with 50 year old technology and techniques …

Why did it take 84 days to put a new cap on this well? Had this cap been placed on this well by day 10 of the crisis, there would be 79,000,000 (79 million) fewer gallons of oil to remove from the gulf waters.

…. how did this happen … what caused the fire …. if the BOP failed, why did it fail… why did the fire supression system fail (see: ) … why dig the Deepwater Horizon Rig sink ….

I’m not a conspiracy buff – but I’d still like to know that all the crewman on the Deepwater Horizon Rig had been checkd out …. We know that BP has close working ties with Libya and that Libya had been a sponsor of terrorism for years and is the current home of the Lockerbie bomber …. I have absolutely no doubt that BP would not intentionally let a terrorist like Major Nidal Malik Hassan on their drilling project – but then again – The U.S. Army apparently didin’t know what they were dealing with either ….

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