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    BP says new cap has stopped flow of oil into the Gulf

    BP says its new cap has stopped the flow of oil from its broken well for the first time since the disaster began April 20.
    Finally, this nightmare is over.......

    Or is it?

    Discussion?

    Article is here.
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    Re: BP says new cap has stopped flow of oil into the Gulf

    finally yay! Hopefully the cap holds.

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    Re: BP says new cap has stopped flow of oil into the Gulf

    I hope they are right. We could use some good news from the Gulf.
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    Re: BP says new cap has stopped flow of oil into the Gulf

    Great, now all they have to do is clean up the worst oil spill in the history of the Gulf and we're home free.

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    Re: BP says new cap has stopped flow of oil into the Gulf

    Hooooooorrray!!! This makes me very, very happy.
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    Re: BP says new cap has stopped flow of oil into the Gulf

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Finally, this nightmare is over.......

    Or is it?

    Discussion?

    Article is here.
    Well it would certainly please every person who lives in any of the Gulf States to learn that the Oil spill has finally been halted.
    Unfortunately this is not entirely true.
    What BP have done is put a cap on the WELL and then closed all the Valves on that CAP while they test for pressure.
    Now if they detect a high pressure this will indicate that the CAP is succeeding in holding the oil & gas in and preventing further spill from the WELL.
    But this is not the end of the operation, they need to continue this test for a minimum of 6 Hours and a Maximum of 48 Hours, if the high pressure remains to the end of 48 Hours this will be excellent news, BUT if the pressure drops at any time within that 48 Hours it will mean that the WELL is leaking elsewhere and that will be the worst news to hear.
    So cross your fingers for 48 hours, then if all is well, we may be able to begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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    Re: BP says new cap has stopped flow of oil into the Gulf

    Yup 48 hours of testing and hopefully everything holds. If it doesn't, there is now enough capacity on site topside to hook up and take in ALL of the flow until the relief well intercept. A consolation I know, but still better than nothin'.
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    Re: BP says new cap has stopped flow of oil into the Gulf

    If this all works we could actually survive this disaster. I was waiting for them to say that we needed to evacuate.

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    Re: BP says new cap has stopped flow of oil into the Gulf

    Quote Originally Posted by sazerac View Post
    If this all works we could actually survive this disaster. I was waiting for them to say that we needed to evacuate.
    ...wasn't THAT much oil.
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    Re: BP says new cap has stopped flow of oil into the Gulf

    This is a very encouraging sign, but note that the cap is just temporary for testing purposes. BP plans to remove the cap and continue siphoning what they can after the tests are complete

    Source [CNN | No oil leaking as BP begins critical pressure tests in Gulf oil well]

    BP cautioned that the oil cutoff, while welcomed, won't go beyond the 48 hours. Valves will open after that to resume siphoning oil to two ships on the surface, the Q4000 and Helix Producer, as government and BP officials assess the data and decide what to do next.

    "It felt very good to see no oil going into the Gulf of Mexico," Wells said in a briefing. He said company officials are "obviously very encouraged" but they are "trying to maintain a strict focus" on remembering the whole purpose of the test, which is to gather data and decide how to proceed.

    "I don't want to create a false sense of excitement," he said. "We want to move forward and make the right decisions."

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