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BP scrambles to contain massive oil spill in Gulf of Mexico


Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico - Coast Guard photo.

BATON ROUGE – A massive oil spill remains uncontrolled following the explosion and sinking of Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig 130 miles south-east of New Orleans.

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Photos taken by the U.S. Coast Guard show a gigantic oil slick on the water and hundreds of thousands of barrels of fuel and crude are said to have spilled into the water.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has called an emergency meeting for Friday to coordinate the response to what BP has characterized as potentially major oil spill.

11 workers who have been missing for two days still have not been found and chances of anyone being found alive have dwindled. The Coast Guard said it searched 3,000 square miles for any survivors but has found none.

“I spoke to Admiral Mary Landry with the U.S. Coast Guard a few hours ago and she said that while rescue efforts are still continuing to look for the 11 missing workers, it is believed that they might have been working close to the origin of the explosion,” said Jindal.

“Admiral Landry said that a second explosion on the rig early this morning caused the release of thousands of gallons of crude oil. While this situation continues to rapidly evolve, seepage of oil into federal waters off of our shores means we must plan for the possible effects here.

BP said it has activated an extensive oil spill response in the Gulf of Mexico following the sinking of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon rig.

“BP has also initiated a plan for the drilling of a relief well, if required. A nearby drilling rig will be used to drill the well. The rig is available to begin activity immediately,” said an announcement in London, England.

BP said it has mobilized a flotilla of vessels and resources that includes:
•significant mechanical recovery capacity;
•32 spill response vessels including a large storage barge;
•skimming capacity of more than 171,000 barrels per day, with more available if needed;
•offshore storage capacity of 122,000 barrels and additional 175,000 barrels available and on standby;
•supplies of more than 100,000 gallons of dispersants and four aircraft ready to spray dispersant to the spill, and the pre-approval of the US Coast Guard to use them;
•500,000 feet of boom increasing to 1,000,000 feet of boom by day’s end;
•pre-planned forecasting of 48-hour spill trajectory which indicates spilled oil will remain well offshore during that period;
•pre-planned staging of resources for protection of environmentally sensitive areas.

“We are determined to do everything in our power to contain this oil spill and resolve the situation as rapidly, safely and effectively as possible,” said BP chief executive Tony Hayward.

“We have assembled and are now deploying world-class facilities, resources and expertise, and can call on more if needed. There should be no doubt of our resolve to limit the escape of oil and protect the marine and coastal environments from its effects.”

The Coast Guard said of the 126 people on board the rig at the time of the explosion and fire, 115 have been accounted for and 3,000 square miles have been searched for the remaining crew.

There were 700,000 barrels of diesel on the rig at the time of the explosion and no one knows whether they are leaking. Further, reports say crude from the well could still be leaking 18,000-feet below sea level.



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4 Comments for “BP scrambles to contain massive oil spill in Gulf of Mexico”

  1. Constantine Balakiryan

    8 million barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico
    To day is 80th day, since the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. Oil keeps gushing from the leaking well into the Gulf of Mexico. The amount of spilled oil now is around 336 000 000 gallons.
    BP significantly reduces this rate motivated by the fact that the daily capturing 15-20 thousand barrels of oil.
    I have repeatedly explained, no matter how much oil BP capturing from the Cap, because the pump creates inside the Cap additional negative pressure which immediately compensated by the pressure in the petroleum layer and accompanied by an additional release of oil, correlated with this negative pressure.
    So, the amount of gushing oil unchanged or unaltered is about 90-120 thousand barrels per day.
    There are many people like myself, who would like to give alternative methods to BP and the government but lack the contacts to meet the right people. BP lacks thinking “outside of the box” and continues to solve its problems to the “best” of their knowledge.
    Using my know-how and liquid nitrogen oil freezing equipment we can shut the well during the nearest 3 weeks.
    Constantine Balakiryan, PhD, Professor.

  2. Constantine Balakiryan

    From: Constantine Balakiryan, PhD, Professor.
    7 million barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico
    To day is 68th day, since the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. Oil keeps gushing from the leaking well into the Gulf of Mexico. The amount of spilled oil now is around 300 000 000 gallons.
    BP significantly reduces this rate motivated by the fact that the daily capturing 15-20 thousand barrels of oil.
    I have repeatedly explained, no matter how much oil BP capturing from the Cap, because the pump creates inside the Cap additional negative pressure which immediately compensated by the pressure in the petroleum layer and accompanied by an additional release of oil, correlated with this negative pressure.
    So, the amount of gushing oil unchanged or unaltered is about 90-120 thousand barrels per day.
    There are many people like myself, who would like to give alternative methods to BP and the government but lack the contacts to meet the right people. BP lacks thinking “outside of the box” and continues to solve its problems to the “best” of their knowledge.
    Using my know-how and liquid nitrogen oil freezing equipment we can shut the well during the nearest 3 weeks.
    Constantine Balakiryan, PhD, Professor.

  3. Constantine Balakiryan

    This letter was mailed to the President of USA
    Dear Mr. President:

    BP announced that work has begun to drill a relief well to intercept and isolate the oil well that is spilling oil in the US Gulf of Mexico. The drilling began on Sunday May 2 and is estimated to take some three months. “This is another key step in our work to permanently stop the loss of oil from the well,” said BP Group Chief Executive Tony Hayward.
    BP is drilling relief wells near the spill, to reduce the pressure at the site of the spill. But those new wells won’t be completed until the end of August. I strongly contend that a new well will not affect the amount of oil coming out of the first well. BP simply is fooling you, Mr. President, and the American people.
    For the proof of my postulate I ask you, to use a 2 Lt. soda bottle and two push pins. Plug these push pins in a bottle of soda at a height of 1 inch from the bottom of the bottle and at a distance of 2 inches from each other. Then pull out the first push pin, after being convinced that soda escapes from the opening you will take out the second push pin. Having done this operation , Mr. President, you will see that the jet of a liquid from the first aperture absolutely does not decrease. This means that BP Group Chief Executive Tony Hayward is simply fooling all of us.
    BP has its own interest and does not care how much more oil will spill for the next 3 months in the Gulf of Mexico. That is why BP refuses to apply my know-how and use my methods for freezing the oil with liquid nitrogen. In my opinion, this unique solution to reduce scales of ecological accidents in the Mexican Gulf is to immediately start downloading liquid nitrogen into the oil well’s breakthroughs. The low temperature will increase the viscosity of oil and may even freeze it. The freezing will slow down the speed of emission of oil and make it easier to facilitate the collection of oil in the off shore sector.
    I anxiously wait for your response to my letter. My goal is to help the environment and the future generation to enjoy cleaner oceans and waters. Thank you for your time and God Bless.
    Sincerely,
    Constantine Balakiryan, PhD, Professor.

  4. Oil rig accidents are so terrible; there is nowhere to go.

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