Relief Tunnel Expected to Reach BP Well by Weekend

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Three months and 186 millions gallons into the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, the U.S. government’s spill chief says the first of two relief tunnels should finally reach BP’s broken well this weekend, meaning the gusher could be shuttered for good within two weeks.

After several days of concern about the well casing’s stability and the temporary cap keeping most of the oil bottled up, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Tuesday that engineers concluded the risk of a bigger blowout was minimal and engineers were getting closer to pumping the mud/cement mixture into the column to permanently seal it.

If all goes as planned, crews will begin the kill procedure, pumping mud and cement into the hole a mile underwater to seal it, which BP said could take anywhere from five days to a couple of weeks. Engineers are considering pumping drilling mud down through the cap to increase the chances that the attempt to seal the well succeeds.

BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20th, killing 11 workers and touching off the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The well has spewed an estimated 186 gallons of oil into the Gulf.

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11 Responses to Relief Tunnel Expected to Reach BP Well by Weekend

  1. bradfrmphnx says:

    Well…that’s a relief!

    I only hope we learn this time what the consequences of cutting corners and costs can do. However, given the nature of mankind, I am skeptical at best.

  2. I gave up hope weeks ago. The Earth is fucked. Politicians are unstoppably evil. Obama has failed us.

  3. Stephan Iversonn says:

    I hope the relief well is a success.

    But I will believe it when I see it. If the well casing is compromised, then the Deepwater drill site can’t be stopped by the method of mud and cement.

    The well will blow horizontally and flow into the deep rock shale and bubble up under pressure to multiple spots along the sea floor.

    If this happens, the only way to stop is detonate a nuclear bomb and melt the rock.

  4. R.J. says:

    This thing just might work and it was within the timeline promised. But I hope this forces our government to stop taking short cuts when it comes to safety.

  5. Pechanga says:

    My fingers, toes and even eyes are crossed.

    I hope, hope, and hope some more that this weekend is the beginning of the end of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill catastrophe. I don’t think I can absorb anymore bad news from the region.

  6. okjimm says:

    …. to be honest….. it just makes me want to walk & ride the bike more. The Gulf is fucked for years! &&&&&&& get this!!!!!!….. and issue in the current WI senate race is whether or not candidates would allow oil drilling in Lake Michigan! SHEEEESH…

  7. Estacada says:

    Now comes news China has a failed oil well spewing 400,000 gallons of oil into some body of water.

    We need to rethink energy sources. The human race can’t keep using fossil fuel and crossing our fingers that another BP disaster won’t happen because it will happen again and next time, the situation might be far worse.

  8. D BROWN says:

    As long as they have a pipe down the well, why don’t they pump Liquid Nitrogen down it. Would this not stop the oil flow until something better could be put in place? Maybe they want to pump oil more than they want to stop it.

  9. Tim Waters says:

    I don’t trust anything Thad Allen, Cowboy Ken Salazar or BP says. They don’t have a track record I can line up with. Meanwhile back at the ranch, we have cracks in the sea floor(not to worry) seepage in some places. Exploding water in Florida and workers and residents getting sick. (not to worry)
    No it would take I lot to convince me not to worry and our Government doesn’t seem to be up to the challenge.
    side note to author, Give me a holler because my site address has changed.

  10. Idaho Librul says:

    I am extremely concerned about the integrity of the well casings.

    If they are compromised, the relief wells will not work properly and other steps will need to be taken or we will have to wait until the well dries up in 30 years.

    By then, the Gulf of Mexico in its entirety will be a Dead Sea.

  11. fran says:

    Hmmm Looks like “My Bonnie lies over the Ocean”- Tropical storm Bonnie has shut this thing down. Coast Guard has ordered all ships off & all activity stopped.

    Mother Nature has the upper hand here.

    I’m sure if something goes wrong, BP will blame it on the storm.

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