June 23rd, 2010
07:04 PM ET

BP repositions cap over oil gusher

[Updated at 10:35 p.m.] BP has successfully repositioned a containment cap over the underwater gusher in the Gulf of Mexico after it removed the device earlier in the day when an undersea robot struck it.

[Published at 7:04 p.m.] BP has begun efforts to reinstall a containment cap over the underwater oil gusher after it was removed out of caution when a remote-operated vehicle bumped into one of the cap's vents, a BP spokesman said Wednesday.

The cap had been removed earlier Wednesday.

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  1. Nick

    This whole thing is Obama's fault. His socialist policies made BP cut corners all over the place and look what happened.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      That was a parody of what people who have NO idea what they're talking about say, btw. I wish my keyboard had a sarcasm key.

      June 23, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken Lawson

      Some how and I cannot prove it , I get the feeling China is behind this!

      June 23, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Ken – China is drilling in the gulf as we speak. Obama stops our drilling but others continue.

      June 23, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Nick, I have worked in the oil & gas industries for many years. Always, Always it is Profit First then Make the Stockholders Happy with High Earnings. Notice that is exactly what is happening. The words around saying drilling will leave the Gulf – so what, that will make us reconsider the real price of owning a gas guzzler and begin to develop more lasting solutions.

      It is not you or I, but the stockholders.
      I say we all are accountable including you & I, for that matter must take ownership and some blame too. When was the last time you filled your car or truck.
      We Want Oil and Gas and We Want It Now!!!

      The Oil, Gas & Chemical industries are only in it for the money. When greed raises its' ugly head, these industries will expend any amount of moneys required for attorneys, advertising, legislators and layoffs to make the issue go away. People are only important to them for ensuring they continue to do want they believe is right. They will take ANY Actions that fits The Profit Plan.

      By the way, did you know it takes a million years to create oil for 1 year of U.S. consumption. The well is going dry Nick so, have empathy for us all as we begin to share the blame and the pain of change.

      The President is only guilty of filling his SUV for a trip to Mom’s house, an outing with the girls or shopping with the wife.

      June 23, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter Ngozi Nyirongo

      I dont see how this could be the Presidents fault at all even If you gave half a mind to it. Its true the situation is out of hand and the reality is true people will use anything and anyone to vent their anger.

      June 25, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ken Lawson

    Sure taking a long time, why did they not do this when they knew the other cap was not doing the job weeks ago!

    June 23, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mojedi Vertruoso

      The interesting thing is that they seemed to want to capture as much oil spewing out to capitalize on it before it was capped! Day One should have been capping thins thing - Day Two should have been begin the cleanup. It's probably not that simple but all of the BP solutions pointed towards making the execs and shareholders happy before the rest of the world and environment. I'm so sickened by this entire thing. Due process was what they hinged the government on before Obama took over and sent in the troops to address it. BP felt the pressure then, and finally moved towards capping it. It's seriously disgusting to even watch the news these days. I don't really want to know the 100% truth of it all.

      June 24, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kyoko

    I feel that we will find that both the oil companies & the auto manufacturers have long delayed any research into alternative fuels & engines. Now we will all pay the price as the various ocean currents will most likely place this oil all over the earth. Perhaps BP needs a new logo. Like the paint company. Cover the earth. You have caused your own certain changeover to a non-profit company. Like GM bringing out the gas hog Hummer, you just don't get it.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pattie bee

    yada yada yada.......yap yap yap.......

    June 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ronnie Harper

    I can't believe that Big Oil can't cap this well, what a tragedy the Gulf Coast has perpetrated on itself. Kyoko is right, this oil is going to move to the four corners of the planet. I sure hope they can cap this well soon.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patrick

    Why can't they just lower a series of steel rings that are large at the ocean floor around the spewing oil and get less and less in diameter until it reaches the surface and suck it up until they find a permanent fix? Atleast it would be contained and it wouldn't be wasted! I think top priority should be containing it; then to put all your effort into a permanent fix!

    June 23, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neena

      What a great idea! Next problem.......How do you get anyone to listen? BP and our government do not seem to take help let alone advice from anyone.

      June 23, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghengis

      Do you have any idea how deep this thing is? there's a reason they're using robots to do this. This pipe is several thousand feet below what is called "Crush Depth" Think about what you're saying... Metal rings? it would be cheaper, and just as possible to suck the water out of the gulf, walk down and weld the cap on... there should be some type of IQ test before people are allowed on the internet.

      June 23, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winston

      I agree with this suggestion fully and the persons in charge should have done this much earlier. A device similar to an inverted funnel but big enough to catch the oil, as in really big and wide, with outlets that can suck the oil with such power that it can be directed to a waiting tanker or whatever bigger vessel and pump it out of the gulf. The engineers can calibrate this kind of a device.

      June 23, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monkey

      Not only is crush depth a concern, but also the force with which the gas is venting needs to be taken into account. The depth and type of well result in extreme relief pressures from the well. Simply putting an inverted funnel over the pipe would be result in a catastrophic failure. As the volume of gas and water approaches the narrowest portion of this funnel the pressure would increase further.

      Good in concept, but not feasible.

      June 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. clifton lowrey

    The oil rig was in place before the world heard of Obama. next Question

    June 23, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Stephen

    I feel like we are trying to be clever about plugging the whole instead of just plugging the damn thing. How about we empty an oil tanker, capsize it over the hole, weigh it down, and bury it with cement?

    June 23, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Domm

      Stephen, Thats exactly right. they are making it way harder than it actually is. cap it, clean up the mess, and move on.

      June 24, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. olliepee

    Maybe I'm crazy, but I believe that the State of Louisiana deserves some of the blame for this disaster as they did not do enough on the state level to ensure that drilling was being done in a safe manner and that there were contingency plans in place in the event that a mishap occurred. I know that this drilling operation took place in international waters and was under federal jurisdiction, but by now states should have learned that the federal government is basically inept at anything other than starting illegal wars and locating corporate/foreign sources for campaign contributions. Louisiana (and the other Gulf states) should have been more forthright in stepping up to the plate to ensure the safety of its own marshes and fishing/tourism industry as they were the ones who had everything to lose–not federal officials and bureaucrats in Washington. Didn't Louisiana learn anything from the failed government response to Katrina?

    June 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neena

      I have two words: HUMAN ERROR. Because of these two words, it is hard to trust or believe in experts anymore. I have lost all faith in our government. ......and we are trying to go "green" in this country..............what a joke. Everyone in my nice middle class neighborhood still sprays chemicals on their lawn. No one seems to care about the long term damage they do on any level.

      June 23, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lukeinusa

    There has been virtually NO US NEWS concerning a SECOND OIL SPILL in the Red Sea near Cairo which is very serious and also deep sea style drilling. I can understand Fox News not wanting this published but CNN? In order to find any info you have to go online and put in RED SEA OIL SPILL and about the only News is coming from Australia and Indonesia. What the heck is going on????????????? If this doesn't nail the coffin of Big Oil drilling where it shouldn't I dont know what will.

    June 23, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tony

    Hello Everyone, i believe in America, i believe that we can all pray for each other, times are getting tougher, and everything gets older, we need to come together and free the people of Palestine from Occupation. http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/img/3.0/1px.gif

    June 23, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ashley

    everyone is blaming Obama & the Gulf states when it's BP & Transoceans fault! rig workers accounted everything that went on the day of the explosion-including wanting to stop drilling that day because the pressure from the well was causing problems, all long before this happened. but BP execuatives told them to keep drilling-even switching out drilling mud with salt water which messed with the pressure even more! you can't blame the rig workers for doing what they're told-they did not want to lose their jobs!

    & everyone seems to have an idea to fix this leak but don't realize it's 5000ft down-the pressure would cause havoc for anything(as proven with this cap & others before!) along with the issues of the gases that form crystals which clog up all forms of containment. I want this capped & cleaned up as much as anyone but everyone needs to get real. this isn't Obama or Louisiana's fault-it's the companies who try to cut corners & the inspectors they paid off(whom Obama didn't hire)!

    June 23, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. spencer49

    Nick is right, this is absolutely Obama's fault. The President is not just not thinking right. If only he had been there when they were drilling the well in the first place this would never have happened. What was the administration thinking. And you know Obama is just as much to blame for the lack of oversight that was put in place over the last 10 years. Shame on this administration. And you know while we are on the subject I believe Obama was to blame for the wreck on I95 just the other day as well!!

    June 23, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Oil of L.A.

    Don't mean to rehash the Barton apology to BP; but it speaks volumes. Remember, Godfather 2 where Michael's attorney demands an apology from the senate committee to the Corleones. Funny how life imitates reality.


    June 23, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. spencer49

    When are we going to stop regulating and controlling the Oil giants. Enough is enough. We need to leave them alone, let them self regulate and get tthe heck out of their business!! You know Barton was right .. what a shakedown, how dare our government take a moral stand on this issue. It does make you wonder whatever is next – reasoned opinion – please no, we're American!

    June 23, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
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