BP announces 'top kill' has failed to stop Gulf oil leak
Question: Why isn't a demolition crew being sent in to seal the leak the old fashioned way? Does that not work with underwater drilling?BP announced Saturday that its 'top kill' effort to stop the oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico has failed.
After three days in which BP said it pumped more than 30,000 barrels of drilling lubricant known as mud into the runaway wells blowout preventer, BP engineers determined it was time to try something else, BP's chief operating officer Doug Suttles said.
He said the decision was made in consultation with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Energy Secrtary Steven Chu, a Nobel prize winner in physics.
BP's next option involves cutting off the failed, leaking riser at the top of the blowout preventer to get a clean-cut surface on the pipe. Then the company will install a cap with a sealing grommet that would be connected to a new riser from the Discoverer Enterprise drillship, with the hopes of capturing most of the oil and gas flowing from the well.
Engineers had hoped the mud pumped into the blowout preventer under the top kill method iwould accumulate and prevent the crude oil and gas from continuing to flow.
This whole situation including the government's handling of it is sickening.