Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Well Gushing Again, Containment Cap Removed (Videos)


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One Million Gallons of Oil Spewed Today into the Gulf of Mexico

The containment cap was removed at about 8:45 a.m. CDT today. As of this post, BP is attempting to place the cap back onto the well. The containment cap has been collecting about 16,000 barrels of oil per day. Reports are that an ROV, a remotely operated vehicle, had bumped the cap closing a valve that provided hot water which prevented hydrate crystals from forming and clogging the containment flow. Engineers removed the cap to determine if hydrate crystals had formed and existed in the collection system.

A second containment system, the Q4000, is operating and estimated to collect 10,000 barrels of oil today.

This is the third time in eight days the containment efforts have been halted. The first occurred on Tuesday, June 15 when there was a fire aboard the surface collection ship Discoverer Enterprise. The second occurred Friday, June 18 when there was an equipment malfunction aboad the surface collection ship Discoverer Enterprise.

CNN's John King discusses today's setback in the Gulf today and the mechanics of the containment cap removal.

Discoverer Enterprise

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