July 15th, 2010
09:31 AM ET

BP could resume critical testing later Thursday

BP hopes to resume later Thursday a vital well test that could put an end to the oil that has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for the last 12 weeks, said a top company official.

The "integrity" test is intended to determine the well's pressure to see
if a new container cap will be able to contain the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

BP was forced to suspend operations Wednesday after a leak was
discovered in the new well cap. Senior Vice President Kent Wells told reporters Thursday the company was working on fixing the problem and hopes to be able to conduct the tests "sometime today."

A successful test could signal a beginning of an end to the catastrophe
that began when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, killing 11 workers and triggering the relentless oil spill.

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  1. Robert Dean

    We now begin to see the brilliant late-game wool BP is pulling over the eyes of the public and even, astonishingly, over the eyes of an already incredulous mainstream media.

    We are being had! Again!

    Here's what's really happening.

    A week ago we had heard not one word about the new cap they placed over the blown out BOP.

    Instead, as of just a week ago, we were being told that about 25,000 barrels or so per day were either being recovered or burned from pipes attached to the old cap.

    We were being told that new containment ships were heading to the site to bring that collection capacity to over 60,000 barrels per day. We were being told that nearly the entire flow would have thereby been taken care of, effectively ending the spew. We were anxiously awaiting.

    Suddenly that's all off.

    Everything changed. Suddenly they took off the old cap and ended the collection process.

    Suddenly they put a on an all new cap, with the intent of shutting off the flow entirely. There was hardly any notice at all in either the print or tv media that this was a dramatic change of plan.

    Instead, the big drama has suddenly become whether the back pressure from shutting off the new valve will cause a catastrophic rupture in the seafloor above the oil reservoir, resulting in a perpetual, unstoppable leak.

    Now, in the very, very latest, we learn the cap they put over it cannot be shut off because there's a leak somewhere in it. I'm betting it will not get fixed any time soon. No sense putting it to a final test. BP has already achieved its intended outcome.

    The collection process has been abandoned. That’s exactly what BP wanted.

    Meantime the relief wells are approaching their intersect and we're assured they will end the leak permanently.

    So we will never be able to know how much oil has been leaking all along.

    BP never wanted those additional ships to come on line to collect the additional oil.

    If they had, we would have learned to a near certainty the daily volume of the leakage. And that's what the eventual civil penalty will be based on.

    BP's current game is to obfuscate both the daily flow and their cover-up strategy so they can argue the leak would never have been much more than the 25,000 barrels being collected as of last week.

    The true flow, estimated at around 60,000 barrels per day, will never be able to be proven.

    We're being had. Again. Bank on it.

    And the real question is: how in the hell did Thad Allen get conned into this? Just how gullible is he? Just how gullible is Obama? Just how gullible are we?

    [Note: the only voice I have heard even hint at this con strategy has been that of former Shell Oil CEO, John Hofmeister, a frequent guest on CNN and MSNBC, who is way too subtle in his observations about it.]

    July 15, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

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      For the record I'm not defending BP. I just think BreakingNews is an idiot. So does everyone else.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. qwerasdf

    In b4 spammer named BreakingNewsBlog whose blog features:

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    you are a complete joke. Get an education first.

    And we all know you are a joke::
    Marano, Gaetano
    Via Ambrogio Arabia 11-D
    Cosenza, CS 87100
    Italy
    +39.3296080801

    For the record I'm not defending BP. I just think BreakingNews is an idiot. So does everyone else.

    July 15, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |