BP engineers have given out some good news about the Gulf oil spill situation: They believe they are close to stopping it. The evidence of a rush to do so in the next few weeks can be seen in two separate events. The engineers are shooting for a date between July 20 and July 27. More than once BP has reported falsely to the public so despite the news many aren’t holding their breaths.
The two separate events that are pushing for the July 20 to July 27 hopeful spill containment are the US visit of David Cameron on the 20th and just 7 days later on the 27th BP will announce their second quarter results to politicians, stock holders, and potential investors.
This weekend BP engineers will spend the weekend going through the steps to install a new temporary cap. Once in place the new containment cap will enable BP to contain more of the leak. The bad news is that between the time of removing the old one and the new one taking its place there will be absolutely no spill containment. Oil will flow completely free into the Gulf. The outcome is expected to be worth that setback.
The current cap only collects a fraction of the estimated 60,000 barrels of oil a day spewing into the Gulf waters. The capping procedure will take an estimated 10 days. The days the leak will flow freely could be a total of four as the new cap is put into position.
The true and complete close of the leak will occur when a relief well meets the current well and the old well is plugged with mud and cement. That is called a “top kill” of the well.
Presently the Obama Administration wants to keep a moratorium in place while an investigation continues into the cause of the explosion of BP’s DeepwaterHorizon, the rig that drilled the now infamous oil spill well. Many oil and gas companies view the Administrations ban as bothersome and unnecessary. Critics of the temporary ban are afraid companies will pull up anchor of the sitting rigs and leave thus taking jobs with them.
Meanwhile, hope for the area rests on a monster of the water. One of the largest oil skimmer vessels in the world is going to be taking on the rough water around the spill area and the thick and heavily concentrated oil contaminated water mix. The skimmer named “A Whale” is indeed a monster of a ship. At 10 stories high and 1,100 feet long, it is said to be able to hold 300,000 barrels of oil in a 10 hour skimming period. Whether it can deliver is yet to be seen, but any hope is better than none in such a hopeless situation.