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Watch the 'Top Kill' Attempt Live On Wizbang

BP is going for the kill. In short they are going to pump a bunch of mud and cement on the broken riser. It's a gamble. The upside is they can kill the well in short order. The risk is that they destroy the blowout preventer and ... well ...all hell breaks loose.

The stakes for the Louisiana Wetlands could hardly be higher.

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what am i seeing now??<br /... (Below threshold)

what am i seeing now??

From other sites the 6:20 R... (Below threshold)

From other sites the 6:20 ROV shot is mud spraying out. They inject the mud to force back the oil.

Wonder how much pressure th... (Below threshold)

Wonder how much pressure they're dealing with (oil pushing OUT)?

6:32 - Still the mud mix, i... (Below threshold)

6:32 - Still the mud mix, it looks like. Oil would be browner or blackish. This looks a lot lighter than what I saw on the feeds this afternoon.

I've seen anywhere from 600... (Below threshold)

I've seen anywhere from 6000 to 12000 PSI, Garandfan. I think the upper range might be a bit much. The 'ambient' pressure we're looking at at the sea floor is about 2400 psi.

6:50 EDT - looks like the c... (Below threshold)

6:50 EDT - looks like the current's shifted a bit, water's gotten murky.

There won't be any change f... (Below threshold)

There won't be any change for any hours. The consensus seems to be that the drilling mud's going down-hole, and it's going to take quite a while to get enough in.

Cross your fingers, folks...

SERIOUSLY! How is this stil... (Below threshold)

SERIOUSLY! How is this still going on? This should have been taken care of WEEKS ago. How was there not a contingency plan?

re 8Could you wrin... (Below threshold)

re 8

Could you wring your hands a little harder, preferably while wrapped around your neck?

# 8 There were automatic sa... (Below threshold)

# 8 There were automatic safety items and they all failed. The reality and sad part is 11 people lost their lives. The good news is this type accident is very rare and there will be better safety enhancements. BP is taking suggestions and has acted upon several of the suggestions. We wish them best in resolving this environmental concern in the near term.

My imagination or do those ... (Below threshold)

My imagination or do those 'vents' appear to be narrowing? Pressure is still there, but the columns don't appear to be as 'thick' as they were a couple hours ago.

Is anyone Live Blogging thi... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

Is anyone Live Blogging this who can explain what's going on...?

It's interesting for about 30 seconds, but it's difficult to tell what's going on and whether there are signs of success or failure.

Hard to tell, Garandfan. M... (Below threshold)

Hard to tell, Garandfan. Maybe by tomorrow morning - but the leftmost plume does look like it's nowhere near as intense.

http://bp.concerts.com/gom/kentwells_update24052010.htm is the daily tech update, for those who are interested.

<a href="http://www.theoild... (Below threshold)

http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6511#comments_top is a good resource, Lee - you'll need to read the whole thing and the comments. Basically, they're pumping drilling mud down-hole to displace the oil. When they get enough of a weight of mud in place to stop the flow (mud being heavier) they can put in concrete to seal off the hole.

Also, that link to BP.concerts.com in my post #13 gives an overview of the whole process.

Current's shifted again - v... (Below threshold)

Current's shifted again - very murky.

Well, they should have some idea by morning...

Yeah. Right now it's sorta... (Below threshold)

Yeah. Right now it's sorta like "watching paint dry".

They're using a different R... (Below threshold)

They're using a different ROV's point of view at this point - pulling back and going around the blowout preventer. Okay, now going over to the leaks we saw earlier - there's more of a sense of scale looking at the ROV (which I estimate to be about 4-5 feet long) and from what I see it looks like the leaks are coming from 2" gashes or splits in the pipe. Still pumping mud...

They got it.<a ... (Below threshold)

They got it.

Top kill stops oil and gas leak in Gulf of Mexico from BP well - latimes.com

Reporting from Houma, La. --Engineers have stopped the flow of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico from a gushing BP well, the federal government's top oil-spill commander, U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said Thursday morning.

The "top kill" effort, launched Wednesday afternoon by industry and government engineers, had pumped enough drilling fluid to block oil and gas spewing from the well, Allen said. The pressure from the well was very low, he said, but persisting.
Good for them.

Looks to me that the flow h... (Below threshold)

Looks to me that the flow has been stopped with the mud cap. Now all they have to do is put the cement cap on and it should be stopped. That should take most of today and tonight. A new method of plugging off deep water wells has be proved. Now watch the liberals scream it was all Bush's fault. Oops! they are already doing that.

Well Barry can claim credit... (Below threshold)

Well Barry can claim credit now. After all, he did say PLUG THE DAMNED HOLE!

Guy's a GENIUS, I tell you!






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