oh boy. Sounds like BP knows Top Kill failed and they are waiting for Obama to finish touring the Gulf before they let us know Saturday a.m. that it failed and that we have to wait til AUGUST to stop the leaking…God Bless the Gulf Coast
(…)BP stopped pumping “mud” for more than 16 hours (the material gushing out of the leaking riser didn’t stop during that time).
Basically, BP has failed in trying to drive enough “mud” down the well to provide enough weight to tamp down the oil gushing out. It didn’t work.
Indeed, BP’s “re-starting” Top Kill really means that Top Kill Version 1.0 was tried and failed, and now BP will try Top Kill Version 2.0 – adding “junk” to the mix.
Unless BP can get very lucky and plug the holes with miscellaneous junk, Top Kill 2.0 won’t be any more effective than Operation Sombrero.
As the Guardian explains:
Doug Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer, insisted that the operation was going to plan, but admitted: “What we do know is that we have not yet stopped the flow.”
He said BP engineers would soon use additional materials to try to plug the well, suggesting heavy mud deployed so far would not work on its own.
And the Guardian’s oil spill blog (a great resource which I just discovered) notes:
6pm CDT: Doug Suttles makes an appearance on CNN ….
Asked by CNN what had happened, Suttles said: “Too much of the mud is exiting the riser as opposed to going down the well bore.” This could be fixed in several ways, including the infamous “junk shot”, using a more viscous mud type, or finally restarting pumping at very high rates.
7.30pm CDT: The Washington Post has more details on BP’s stop-start top kill process, and mentions that BP is considering a “junk shot” tonight:
Doug Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer, said that on Wednesday the company had blasted high-pressure mud into the leaking well two times, trying to force the oil down in a procedure compared to using one firehose against another.
After doing it twice, Suttles said, the company stopped about midnight Wednesday, and spent Thursday assessing the plumes still shooting out of broken machinery. He said that company officials believed the two efforts had probably made some progress.
“I think some people believe it has. Some people believe it’s less obvious it has,” Suttles said. “What we do believe we’ve done is successfully pumped some mud, some of this drilling mud, into this wellbore.”
But, Suttles said, oil was still coming out, despite these efforts: “What we do know is that we have not yet stopped the flow.”
He said the company would try the procedure again Thursday evening and might add chunkier debris such as rubber balls to the mix in hopes of clogging the leaking pipe. That procedure is known as a “junk shot.”
You can listen to the entire three-hour discussion right here.
…”VD” executive producer and writer Julie Plec sat down for a THREE HOUR confab with The VRO to chat about the growing Elena-Damon-Stefan love triangle, Tyler Lockwood’s true nature and whether beloved Anna will ever return.
When last we left Damon he was smooching Elena, or so we (and he) thought until moments later when she whipped out that big butcher knife and let us know she was really Elena’s look-a-like, naughty vamp Katherine. So will deceived Damon continue to woo Elena in the upcoming season?
“The only thing I can say about them for season two, is that it’s going to be a very profound triangle,” Julie said rather coyly, though she did drop a few hints. “Damon’s still got a long way to go until he’s man enough to deserve Elena. But he has a strong pull, a strong draw.” But with Katherine stalking Mystic Falls, Julie says to expect more of a “love square.” Though I was never good at geometry, that does sound rather intriguing, no?
And speaking of the ancient vampire diva, Julie confirmed that Katherine and Elena are indeed related (unlike in the book series), and that their connection will continue to be revealed. “Our position is very much that the bloodline is the Pierce bloodline. Isobel is part of that, as is Elena. Elena looks like Katherine, they’re doppelgangers. That’s the big question that will continue to be asked deep into the second season.”…
Go read the entire thing for scoop on Tyler and werewolves!!!
sigh. WSJ has it, hell everyone has it, the Big Dawg is involved.
My understanding of the law is that it is fine to offer someone something for PAST service, (such as Sestak gave HRC by endorsing her in the 08 primaries), but not a quid pro quo for something going forward, but Big Dawg apparently parsed in his very Clintonian way and it was an unpaid advisory panel role Sestak might be offered should he stay in the House.
You know who is probably really pixxed? Blago that’s who.
An interesting factoid as the pundits keep reading the US Code that applies, they cover one that says no sitting official can interfere in a primary etc etc, well go pick up Nancy Pelosi cause she had her sticky hands ALL OVER our Dem primary!
So now Dem pundits are raising Reagan’s guy offering a sitting Senator something etc etc.
Issa R-CA can keep pushing but Big Dawg can parse like nobody’s business and I think they will be wasting their time. Leave the Clintons aloooooooone.