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    Default The oil... has stopped!

    Shock of shock, the oil has stopped flowing! Finally!

    BP finally stops oil spewing from Gulf gusher
    COLLEEN LONG
    From Associated Press
    July 15, 2010 9:00 PM EDT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The oil has stopped. For now.

    After 85 days and up to 184 million gallons, BP finally gained control over one of America's biggest environmental catastrophes Thursday by placing a carefully fitted cap over a runaway geyser that has been gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico since early spring.

    Though a temporary fix, the accomplishment was greeted with hope, high expectations — and, in many cases along the beleaguered coastline, disbelief. From one Gulf Coast resident came this: "Hallelujah." And from another: "I got to see it to believe it."

    If the cap holds, if the sea floor doesn't crack and if the relief wells being prepared are completed successfully, this could be the beginning of the end for the spill. But that's a lot of ifs, and no one was declaring any sort of victory beyond the moment.

    The oil stopped flowing at 3:25 p.m. EDT when the last of three valves in the 75-ton cap was slowly throttled shut. That set off a 48-hour watch period in which — much like the hours immediately after a surgery — the patient was in stable, guarded condition and being watched closely for complications.

    "It's a great sight," said BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles, who immediately urged caution. The flow, he said, could resume. "It's far from the finish line. ... It's not the time to celebrate."

    Nevertheless, one comforting fact stood out: For the first time since an explosion on the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 workers April 20 and unleashed the spill 5,000 feet beneath the water's surface, no oil was flowing into the Gulf.

    President Barack Obama, who has encouraged, cajoled and outright ordered BP to stop the leak, called Thursday's development "a positive sign." But Obama, whose political standing has taken a hit because of the spill and accusations of government inaction, cautioned that "we're still in the testing phase."

    The worst-case scenario would be if the oil forced down into the bedrock ruptured the seafloor irreparably. Leaks deep in the well bore might also be found, which would mean that oil would continue to flow into the Gulf. And there's always the possiblity of another explosion, either from too much pressure or from a previously unknown unstable piece of piping.

    The drama that unfolded quietly in the darkness of deep water Thursday was a combination of trial, error, technology and luck. It came after weeks of repeated attempts to stop the oil — everything from robotics to different capping techniques to stuffing the hole with mud and golf balls.

    The week leading up to the moment where the oil stopped was a series of fitful starts and setbacks.

    Robotic submarines working deep in the ocean removed a busted piece of pipe last weekend, at which point oil flowed unimpeded into the water. That was followed by installation of a connector that sits atop the spewing well bore — and by Monday the 75-ton metal cap, a stack of lines and valves latched onto the busted well.

    After that, engineers spent hours creating a map of the rock under the sea floor to spot potential dangers, like gas pockets. They also shut down two ships collecting oil above the sea to get an accurate reading on the pressure in the cap.

    As the oil flowed up to the cap, increasing the pressure, two valves were shut off like light switches, and the third dialed down on a dimmer switch until it too was choked off.

    And just like that, the oil stopped.
    Read the entire story here: BP finally stops oil spewing from Gulf gusher

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    Default Re: The oil... has stopped!

    Just heard that it looks like the cap is holding, but they are going to continue to monitor it.

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    Whew!!! This is great news!!!!!
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    Default Re: The oil... has stopped!

    After three months of no success it has stopped! Halluejah!
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    This is great! FINALLY!

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    I am keeping my fingers crossed...hope the cap holds!
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    Hope it holds! Bout time!

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    Default Re: The oil... has stopped!

    Apparently the cap has started seeping and is leaking oil and gas again
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    ^^^ I heard about that, but they say that it isn't a lot. They are supposed to have the relief well completed in a few weeks, which is supposed to stop the leak permanently.

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    Here we go:

    WASHINGTON — Small leaks are coming from near the top of BP's cap and the base of the blowout preventer but don't appear to be "consequential," the federal point man for the disaster said Monday, adding that it also is unlikely that seepage found two miles away is from the blown-out well.

    The news came from National Incident Commander Thad Allen, who told reporters that BP would be given an additional 24 hours to keep testing the well and cap.

    Allen said experts would be monitoring the leaks, but added: "We do not believe this is consequential at this time." The cap was installed by BP earlier this month, while the blowout preventer is the device which failed in its designed function: to prevent a spill in the first place.

    As for the nearby seepage, which was detected Sunday, BP went a bit further than Allen, with spokesman Mark Proegler saying that "scientists have concluded that the seep was naturally occurring."

    Robert Carney, a Louisiana State University expert on biological oceanography, said the seepage is far enough away from the well that it could be occurring naturally.

    "You have little bubbles rising up from the bottom frequently; that's the methane gas" he said. "Oil would be a little black dot, more difficult to see. But both escape into the water regularly."

    Another BP spokesman, Daren Beaudo, said BP was testing two sets of bubbles rising from the top of the wellhead. One was a "slow-developing gas bubble" on the seafloor near the top of the well. The other, which BP disclosed Saturday, also was near the top of the well where the cap is shutting in all oil flow.
    Beaudo said it is possible the bubbles are nitrogen, which can form at the seabed atop deepwater wells, rather than natural gas, which could signal a leak in the well. BP has taken samples of both bubbles for testing.

    "We will communicate results when testing's complete," he said.

    The mechanical cap on the well stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. The concern all along — since pressure readings on the cap weren't as high as expected — was a leak elsewhere in the well bore, meaning the cap may have to be reopened to prevent the environmental disaster from becoming even worse and harder to fix. An underground leak could let oil and gas escape uncontrolled through bedrock and mud.

    'Too many uncertainties'
    The next step isn't clear, though Allen has said he's willing to give BP 24-hour extensions as long as the company satisfactorily answers any questions that come up.

    Allen seemed to budge on his previous stance that the cap would eventually be hooked up to a mile-long pipe to pump the crude to ships on the surface. That would mean flooding oil back into the sea for a few days.

    Unless larger problems develop, he said he's not inclined to loosen the cap.

    But he's also not sold on leaving the cap in place until the well is permanently plugged, which is what BP wants.

    "I'm not prepared to say the well is shut in until the relief well is done. There are too many uncertainties," he said Monday.

    The government and BP spent two days disagreeing over what to do with the undersea machinery holding back the gusher.

    "We had some concerns ... about commitments that BP had made that we did not feel that they were adequately living up to in terms of that monitoring," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said earlier Monday. "That was dealt with last night on a call that lasted late into the evening."

    Allen on Sunday sent BP a letter that stated, in part: "When seeps are detected, you are directed to marshal resources, quickly investigate, and report findings to the government in no more than four hours. I direct you to provide me a written procedure for opening the choke valve as quickly as possible without damaging the well should hydrocarbon seepage near the well head be confirmed."

    BP very much wants to avoid a repeat of millions of gallons of oil spewing from the blown well for weeks, watched live across the country on underwater video.
    Small leaks seen at BP cap, blowout preventer - Disaster in the Gulf - msnbc.com

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