Monday, May 31, 2010

BP (NYSE:BP) Third Oil Containment Attempt, Riskier Than Top Kill

Here we go again, BP (NYSE:BP) is on their third attempt to get some sort of control over the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Jon Pack, a BP spokesman said the cutting will commence soon.

This oil containment procedure includes using underwater robots which will cut the damaged pipe from the leaking well. This does risk causing the crude oil flow to become even worse. This latest procedure was approved by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and U.S. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu.

Once the damaged pipe is cut, then they will try and attach a pipe onto the leak which if successful, would cause the oil to flow to the surface and then be stored. Pack stated that currently the preparation is being done. If everything goes as planned, it should be completed by June, 6th.

This attempt is considered riskier than the "top kill" attempt, because the whole pipe will be cut off at the riser. If unsuccessful, even more oil will be flowing nonstop into the ocean.

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