Anyone else see an epic fail with this??? Or are they going to call in those Russian subs?
A new underwater cap and more ships could capture all the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, in a triple-fold increase boosting containment to
80,000 barrels a day, a top US official said Thursday.
Pending the right weather conditions, Coast Guard Thad Allen said BP is in position to replace the containment cap on the ruptured well, which would
give a better seal to capture the leaking oil.
"That would allow us at some point, as other production platforms are brought onboard during the month of July, to increase the production rate to
between 60,000 to 80,000 barrels (per day)," Allen told reporters.
Currently, on average, some 25,000 barrels per day (bpd) is being captured in the effort to contain the disastrous oil leak.
If the 80,000 bpd figure is achieved, Allen said, the production capacity would exceed the current estimated flow of between 35,000 to 60,000 bpd
spewing into the sea since an April explosion on a BP-leased oil drilling rig.
US officials previously said that a new processing vessel Helix Producer, which is two to three days away from being connected to the containment
system, would more double the amount of oil that can be siphoned, to 53,000 bpd.
A new depression was churning Thursday in the Gulf, and although it was not expected to grow into a major hurricane, tropical storm warnings were
issued for the Texas and Mexican coastlines.
Allen maintained on the conference call however that it appeared "we have the sea state we need" for connecting the Helix Producer to the
British energy giant BP has been struggling to permanently cap the leak, with oil now soiling the coastlines of the five Gulf states, and is drilling
two relief wells due to be completed in mid-August.