posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 10:59 AM
They took their sweet time to admit this. When BP released a report on May 29 (2010) about the failed "top kill" operation, they stated the
Source on BP's own website.
Despite successfully pumping a total of over 30,000 barrels of heavy mud, in three attempts at rates of up to 80 barrels a minute, and deploying a
wide range of different bridging materials, the operation did not overcome the flow from the well.
Notice they state they pumped at rates of up to 80 barrels a minute and it still wasn't enough to "overcome the flow" from the well. In other words
-- unless we're missing something here -- a pumped flow rate of mud at the equivalent of around 115,000 barrels per day (BPD) was not enough
(80 x 60 = 4800 barrels per hour, x 24 = 115,200 BPD.)
They gave up on this "top kill" because (a) the flow coming out was more than 115,000 BPD and therefore just blowing their mud away, or
the mud they were pumping in was leaking out through a damaged well hole so fast that they couldn't build up a "mud column" (which also means that
it's probably leaking way more oil and gas than they're officially measuring anyway), or
(c) both of the above.
Whichever way we want to cut it, a flow rate of well over 100,000 BPD sounds very likely -- and this has probably been the case since at least
late May, when the (failed) "top kill" was attempted.
[edit on 21/6/10 by JustMike]