May 12th, 2010
08:58 AM ET

BP: 'Top Hat' containment device reaches ocean floor

The "Top Hat" oil-containment device has reached the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico and should be in position over a leaking well head and operational by the end of the week, well owner BP said Wednesday.

A larger containment vessel was unsuccessful last week in stopping the flow of oil from the gusher about 5,000 feet underwater. The spill is sending 210,000 gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico each day, government and company officials say.

The new device, called "Top Hat," is a 5-foot-tall, 4-foot-diameter structure that weighs less than two tons. The structure is being deployed by the drill ship Enterprise.

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  1. doc

    @KEVIN KERWIN, if that's your real name- here's a TRUE story related to your comment "Giving credibility to to arguments of the technically unqualified..." etc blah blah--
    once upon a time an 18-wheeler got its roof stuck against a highway viaduct. all the pignosed engineers in the area were called in to solve the problem to no avail... finally, a little boy came along on his bicycle, studied the situation, and said, "Hey, why don't you just let the air outta the tires?" and we all know how that story ended.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. doc

    so here's another idea- i spent hours Saturday trying to reach BP with this but they give the email runaround so i finally posted it on youtube
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9dI_XT4Fqc&w=640&h=390]
    if that link doesn't work, google "bp fix" then click "videos" at top of page, then it's abt the 7th result down in page ("BP Spill Fix") or just go to youtube slash orangequant and look on the right side...
    very simple, CO2 "dissolves" methane hydrate ice, so just pump a stream of CO2 gas down into the top hat or cofferdam and it would melt the slush... clearly, their "engineers" couldn't figure this out so i'm filing for patent.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. AngeloB

    Another version of the stint, to be very simplistic,

    Think umbrella inserted into pipe then opened and locked open, the higher the pressure, the tighter the lock. Can be followed by second or third as backup.

    May 13, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. gaetano marano

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    ANOTHER DAY HAS BEEN LOST AND 300,000 MORE GALLONS OF OIL SPILLED!!!
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    ALL THE ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS NEED WEEKS OR MONTHS TO BE ADOPTED!
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    23 DAYS AFTER THE DISASTER, DON'T LOSE OTHER PRECIOUS TIME DISCUSSING HUNDREDS OF OPTIONS!!!
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    ONLY THE *FIRE* IS FAST!!! SO, YOU HAVE ONLY *TWO* POSSIBLE OPTIONS:
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    1. BURN THE OIL ON A HUNDREDS BY HUNDREDS OF MILES ON SEA SURFACE WITHOUT STOP THE OIL LEAK, OR...
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    2. BURN THE OIL AT 5000 FT. UNDER SEA IN A RELATIVELY SMALL AREA HOPING TO SEE THE HIGH TEMPERATURE TO MELT THE OIL PIPE AND STOP THE LEAK
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    http://www.ghostnasa.com/posts2/070oilspillsolution.html
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    May 13, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Craig N. Barthelmas

    Subject: PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN, Dated: 10 May, 2010

    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Here’s a contingency plan that has patented technology and a process that really works.

    1. We found a pre-processed material and developed an action plan that would have extracted up to 95% of the oil spill contaminants from seeded surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico, before it hit land fall.
    2. Our product is a, “Modified Oil Spill Environmental Sponge” dubbed M.O.S.E.S., it is a ¼” to ½” product that can be used to absorb oil contaminants from both “fresh water and salt water” surface oil spills. Our tests have concluded that one ton of product will absorb 125 gallons of oil in less than one hour. Simply put it will absorb approximately one half of its weight in oil. M.O.S.E.S. collects/absorbs oil not water. After saturation M.O.S.E.S. will only contain about 1.4% water. It creates no added impact on marine life or the environment. It also poses no threat to other kinds of wildlife including humans. A fifteen minute test will prove this process works.
    3. Our plan is full circle and includes staging, seeding, re-claiming and re-processing all of the contaminated oil’s and seed materials back into re-usable fuels and commodities.
    4. Due to the urgencies to reduce the impact on the environment and the magnitude of this spill, our plan required partnering with the Coast Guard and other organizations that were already being used to provide staging, seeding and reclaim operations.
    5. Seeding operations were to be handled in essentially the same way they were being done, with minor and/or no modifications to airborne or aquatic equipment that would handle spreading ¼” to ½” particulates.
    6. Re-claim operations required the same booms, scoops, pumps and barge operations, that were being used.
    7. Re-processing operations proposed a permanent emissions free plant for processing oil, sand and other like materials into re-usable fuels and commodities. The plant would take approximately ninety to one hundred and fifty days to construct and would become a permanent part of a states fast action response to future oil spills.
    8. Our plan would have first, assisted with the on-going damage control operations in the gulf; second, it could have been put into operation within seven days; third, it would have become a $30,000,000.00 per year financial benefit to the communities that embraced staging and plant processing operations.
    9. This plan will greatly reduced the time and costs associated with this kind of oil spill in the future. We are confident that this type of pro-active plan would become a template for other high risk (oceanic) areas.
    So, why was this plan given no consideration at all? It is not a question of if another spill will happen, but when! The only excuses we have been able to come up with that, we are sure you are going to here are, as follows:
    a. BP, News Networks and Government Agencies didn’t have the time to consider a pro-active long term plan?
    b. We were crack pots when, this technology is patented and the product could be tested in fifteen minutes?
    c. BP has it under control as, they have done this before? Yes and, crazy is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results! We need to get past these smoke screens and prepare for future spills.
    Thank you for your time and consideration. We’d love to receive some constructive input from anyone who is listening.
    Craig N. Barthelmas, Verizon Cell: [313] 682-1428, E-Mail: GE1RE22@aol.com
    CC: BP., CNN, FOX NEWS, NOAA, Governors of: AL., FL., LA., MS., And TX.

    May 20, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig N. Barthelmas

      ATTENTION!! The PRO-ACTIVE OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLAN listed above will not plug oil leaks but, it will address five major problems; two of witch, are concerns that have not been addressed in the media or in the government.
      1. It truly is a LONG TERM-CONTINGENCY PLAN. It will help the community rebuild revenues while providing a fast action operational plan for future oil spills. Yes! Future oil spills will surely occur, despite future prevention efforts!
      2. This plan is full circle and would included staging, seeding, re-claiming and re-processing all of the contaminated oil’s, oil filled sands and seed materials back into re-usable fuels and commodities.
      3. It creates no added impact on marine life or the environment. It also poses no threat to humans and/or other forms of wildlife. Oil, feed stock and sand processing are near emissions free processes.
      4. It will generate $30,000,000.00 worth of new revenues for the communities that embrace staging and plant processing operations. The plant would remain in full operation after the clean-up is done.
      5. It will also add about forty new jobs to the community. This is not only a plan to help with short term clean up’s, it will also have a positive long term and lasting effect on the community as well.
      We all know that BP has been feeding us misinformation and then trying to mobilize volunteers to help minimize their cost. Yes! We sent BP and other agencies this plan. Operations of this nature have a price tag associated with them and so, it would appear that they have no wish to spend anything on spills they can’t control or that won’t go back into their pockets. The OMRS-100 technology is patented and, M.O.S.E.S. (The oil absorbent) can be tested in less than fifteen minutes!
      As always our government is seeking a short term quickie (political talk) so we can get a long term scr**ing! Has anyone mentioned where they (BP) plan to put and/or dispose of all of that contaminated; oil, sand and material? We are pretty sure that without intervention it will be in somebody’s back yard, neatly hidden from sight, killing something else. Don’t you think that any oil spill plan should at least consider: Prevention, Mobilization, Extraction and Disposal Operations?
      Thank you for your time. We would love to receive some constructive input from anyone who is as concerned as we are.
      Craig N. Barthelmas, Verizon Cell: [313] 682-1428, E-Mail: GE1RE22@aol.com

      May 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
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