A couple of notable stories I have read…I am wondering if they think the relief wells are going to fail?
BP is poised to plug its leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico. Drilling engineers have only one chance to get it right.
One wrong move as engineers break through the cement and steel pipe of the Macondo well could increase the torrent of oil into the Gulf. In the worst case scenario, it could even trigger a blow-out in the relief well.
“They pretty much have one shot,” said Wayne Pennington, the chair of geophysical engineering at Michigan Tech University. “Once they hit it and they try to kill it they really just have that one chance.” …
The intercept could be complicated if it turns out that the oil is flowing around the pipe, between the pipe and the cement of the well bore
HOUSTON — As engineers bore deeper into the seafloor toward the source of the oil still spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, BP PLC is growing more confident that the relief well it expects to complete in August will succeed where all previous efforts to contain or kill the gusher have failed.
But what if it doesn’t work?
At the very least, oil would continue to spill while workers try something else.
That proposition would surely bring more misery for the people who live, work and play along the shores from Louisiana to Florida.
Relief well backup plans are part of Gulf of Mexico oil spill response
Although drilling a relief well is still considered the ultimate solution for stopping the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, BP and government officials are working on backup plans if the well fails, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Tuesday.
Allen, who is the federal government’s point man for spill response, shared one such plan that officials are in the early stages of studying. That involves the possibility of sucking oil from the well through a pipeline that would feed to an inactive platform nearby. From that platform, the oil could either be produced or pumped back down into the ground.
What the bloody hell is going on here? For two months, we have been sold that this is going to work…now, there are doubts? It is time for them to start telling the truth, whether it be the Coast Guard, BP, or Obama. I guess that is too much to ask for, though.