July 10th, 2010
10:55 AM ET

BP oil cap replacement starts

[Updated at 3:50 p.m.] Crews removed a containment cap on the ruptured underwater well in the Gulf of Mexico, BP said Saturday afternoon. The next move will be placing a better-fitting one on the well.

Live video Saturday afternoon showed robots removing bolts from the apparatus so that the new cap can be positioned. Oil was again flowing freely during the transition.

[Posted at 10:55 a.m.] Speaking earlier in a conference call with reporters, BP senior Vice President Kent Wells said the sealing cap operation is expected to take four to seven days, with favorable weather helping the process along. In upcoming weeks, there will be an increase in oil containment work.

"As we start to ramp up the additional containment capacity, we should see less and less flow," Wells said.

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  1. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    I've proposed to change the failed containment cap with a bigger version over FIVE WEEKS AGO here:
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    ghostnasa.com/posts2/070oilspillsolution.html
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    and several times on the Deepwater Horizon Facebook page and dozens blogs!
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    WHY have they lost FIVE WEEKS to make a new cap???
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    and, most important, WHY hasn't BP used its Genesis GXP 2500 giant idraulic shears to stop the oil spill in the EARLY DAYS of May?????????????????????????????????
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    July 10, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

      @BreakingNews

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      Crappy idea that BP, US Gov, any government, any company won't take (CHECK)
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      you are a complete joke. Get an education first.

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

      July 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      "For the record I'm not defending BP."
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      self irony? 🙂
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      July 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexVet

      So many Trolls, so few blogs....

      July 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

      @BreakingNews: If you're so good, why don't you respond to my email inquiries. Oh right, you don't even know what you're talking about. HAHAHAHAHA. Nothing to back your MS Paint drawings up. No science, no math, no knowledge. You're just a kid.

      July 10, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    "four to seven days"
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    days??? not "hours"?
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    so, the oil wellhead should freely gush up to 700,000 more barrels (or 30,000,000 gallons) of oil in the Gulf out from the (now) no longer contained cap: http://www.deepwaterbp.com/
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    July 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

      @BreakingNews

      Zero science (CHECK)
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      Zero facts (CHECK)
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      5 year old imagination with a crayon (CHECK)
      No education (CHECK)
      Poor English (CHECK)
      Can't spell Oxygen (CHECK)
      Crappy idea that BP, US Gov, any government, any company won't take (CHECK)
      Ugly website (CHECK)
      Spam (CHECK)
      Someone who doesn't know how to skip lines and puts idiotic periods (CHECK)

      you are a complete joke. Get an education first.

      July 10, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TexVet

    Hey Break! how about giving us a break....sick of looking at you already

    July 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Smith in Oregon

    Marshes and Wetlands are natural hedgerows and protectors of the land against tropical storms and hurricanes. Without them, the storm surges and high winds easily push much farther inland with consequently far greater storm and hurricane damage, directly as a result.

    Big Oil's dredging for Gas and Oil wells in Louisiana alone has directly resulted in the loss of 2,000 Miles of Louisiana's marshes and wetlands. I have no doubt that greatly influenced the enormous impact Hurricane Katrina had on the levee system surround New Orleans and the resulting disaster that occurred. Yes, Louisiana's Big Oil company's were directly in the middle of that environmental and human disaster as well.

    The Louisiana swamp Parish Presidents and Republican Governor Bobby (drill baby drill) Jindal, Haley (Oil Lobbyist) Barbar are now acting like they are eco-friendly while the spotlight is on them. That is in my opinion, extremely far from the truth. They just stood there and received Big Oil royalty's as 2,000 miles of Marshes and Wetlands were previously destroyed and now are complaining about Big OIl's destruction of 20 Miles of Marshes while blaming that on President Obama! That hypocritical psycho babble simply doesn't match their historical environmental records and actions.

    July 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sadstudent

    I feel get shame in our country. I feel pain for all the plants, fish, and environments that have been damaged and killed by this spill. I feel enormous grief for the coral that has taken years to grow that was and is being wiped out in mere seconds by our mistakes. If we do something that has the slightest chance of damaging anything, I believe we should have tons of plans on how to prevent and stop anything that is a result of our actions.

    July 10, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. philtonia herriford

    If there is fear that cap will not be able to contain the oil for long. Instead of planning to release oil back into the gulf. Why not cap the cap, or come up with some kind of way to release the pressure.

    July 18, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |