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BP's Relief Wells Bring Risk of an Even Bigger Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico
BP Plc faces the risk of an even bigger oil spill as it attempts to drill two so-called relief wells to plug a leak on the seabed of the Gulf of Mexico that’s gushing 5,000 barrels a day into the ocean.
The relief wells will pump cement into the leak to seal it. To do that, BP will need to first drill into the same deposit of oil and gas that caused a pressure surge known as a blowout at the original well, igniting an explosion that killed 11 workers and sank a $365 million drilling rig.
In a regulatory filing BP made to drill the relief wells it estimates another blowout could release as much as 240,000 barrels of oil a day into the ocean. That’s almost 50 percent more than the company’s worst-case estimate for the first well and equivalent to two-thirds of supply pumped daily from Prudhoe Bay, the largest U.S. oil field.
“Usually in any type of deep-water drilling you want to take additional safety measures,” said Aminzadeh, a former Unocal Corp. geophysicist and a past president of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward discounted the chances of another blowout as the company works to bring the leaking well under control and foul weather pushed the expanding slick closer to shore.
“The relief wells ultimately will be successful,” Hayward told reporters in Houston. Drilling back-to-back relief wells is a “belt and braces” approach, “and will assure ultimate success,” he said.
Originally posted by winterwarlock
Words can't express the outrage I feel towards Britain and what they have done to our great country with the massive killer oil spill of our coastlines. What are Britain doing drilling our American oil for anyway who do they think they are. This whole thing is absolutely outrageous who knows what else they will break.
I think every American should write to their representatives and demand Britain pays the bill for their vandalism for every animal killed by this oil they should have a fine of no less than five million dollars on top of that they should pay us full price for the lost oil and lost jobs.
I'm strongly of the opinion they did this on purpose out of jealousy and we should make them pay for it and sanction the whole country unless they pay us every dime and extra compensation.
Oil Producers Risk Blowouts in Search for Deep Fields
Some companies aren’t willing to risk the danger of a blowout. Exxon Mobil Corp., the world’s second-largest oil company, abandoned its Blackbeard well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2006 after the company’s engineers became alarmed over the pressure levels and temperatures almost seven miles beneath the seafloor, Dingmann said.
McMoRan Exploration Co. obtained control over Blackbeard in 2007 as part of its $1.1 billion acquisition of offshore assets from Newfield Exploration Co., one of Exxon’s partners in the project. McMoRan of New Orleans extended the well almost 3,000 feet deeper than where Exxon left it.
James “Jim Bob” Moffett, co-chairman of McMoRan, told investors on a January conference call that the risks of dealing with higher-pressure deposits may be worthwhile because those fields have more oil and gas packed into each square yard of rock.
Originally posted by halobaby
Just wondering, are you guys boycotting BP? I know i am. But whenever i go out, i still see a normal amount of cars at BP stations. I find this sad that people are still supporting a company that is diminishing our food supplies, aggravating our economy even more, and killing wildlife.
Originally posted by halobaby
reply to post by Wobbly Anomaly
So who was the one who decided not to spend the $500,000 on the safety valve? The rigger or BP?
Originally posted by GobbledokTChipeater
Britain is not responsible. British Petroleum is, which is a private, not government owned company. Britain is no more responsible than america would be if a United Airlines plane crashed into britain.