reply to post by Overtime
Are you sure that the leak you are/were seeing is at the bottom of the BOP, meaning where it's actually bolted to the well head? I'm not challenging
you, by the way. Just asking for clarification. The reason is that I was watching some ROV's yesterday (at around 5 am "Gulf" time, near noon where
I am), and one of them was being used to apparently inspect the lowest part of the BOP.
I guess they figured that was a good time of day to do such an inspection, but maybe I'm just being cynical.
Two things I noted:
(1) The BOP's tilt was evident -- it was possible to note it in relation to the vertical pipe it's bolted to. The angle between the horizontal
bottom of the BOP and the vertical pipe should be precisely 90 degrees but it obviously wasn't. I'd estimate it was about 3 to 5 degrees off.
(2) I saw no oil or gas leaking at or around the junction between the BOP and the well head. However
, I was only seeing one side and have no
idea what might have been visible from the other -- and
I'm reporting what I saw more than 24 hours ago. Things may have changed since then.
If there's a leak there now and it (apparently) wasn't there yesterday, that's very bad news indeed.
The ROV only held this position for a short while and then went back up to one of the more common locations, namely where the oil and gas are gushing
from the device mounted on top of the BOP.
So, if you want a better chance of maybe seeing what's going on down at the lower end of the BOP, perhaps either try watching at around 5 am (Gulf
region time), or if you can set up a way to record the feeds, then do so and review later. (By the way, can anyone provide a link or info on how to
record these live feeds? I can't even make screen shots of them.)
EDIT: forgive my dumbness. I just noticed your post was at around 6 am "Gulf time". So it looks like you caught them doing one of their very early
The next time they have an ROV down at the bottom of the BOP, could someone grab some images and post them? Even start a new thread for them! It would
be very significant evidence. I bet you Tony "I-want-my -life-back" Hayward's salary to a bent hatpin that they don't want those images to get
[edit on 23/6/10 by JustMike]