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BP Says Additional Oil and Gas Containment System on Flowing Deepwater Well Now In Operation

BP announced today that oil and gas is now flowing through a second containment system attached to the Deepwater Horizon rig’s failed blow out preventer (BOP). (Earlier post.)

This second system supplements the lower marine riser package (LMRP) cap containment system, which remains in operation. The new system is connected directly to the BOP and carries oil and gas through a manifold and hoses—originally deployed for the top kill procedure—to the Q4000 vessel on the surface. The Q4000 uses a specialized clean-burning system to flare oil and gas captured by this second system.

Oil and gas collected from the BOP reached the Q4000 at approximately 1:00 am CDT (7.00 am BST) on 16 June. Operations continue to stabilize and optimize the performance of the second containment system.

For the last 12 hours on 15 June (noon to midnight), approximately 4,830 barrels of oil were collected and 14.6 million cubic feet of natural gas were flared. On 15 June, a total of approximately 10,440 barrels of oil were collected and 25.1 million cubic feet of natural gas were flared. Oil collection volumes were lower on 15 June due to a temporary shutdown resulting from a direct lightening strike on the Enterprise.

Total oil collected since the LMRP Cap containment system was implemented is approximately 160,400 barrels.

The US FRTG estimates that the flow from the well is now ranging between 35,000 to 60,000 barrels per day. (Earlier post.)



How much air pollution is created when thousands barrels of oil + NG are flared?


MSNBC Trashes Obama's Address: Compared To Carter, "I Don't Sense Executive Command"


LA Times Headline "Obama's speech: There's a pipe spewing a gazillion gobs of oil into the gulf, so let's build more windmills"


Public Policy Polling: Fallout From The Spill "Our new Louisiana poll has a lot of data points to show how unhappy voters in the state are with Barack Obama's handling of the oil spill but one perhaps sums it up better than anything else- a majority of voters there think George W. Bush did a better job with Katrina than Obama's done dealing with the spill. 50% of voters in the state, even including 31% of Democrats, give Bush higher marks on that question compared to 35% who pick Obama. Overall only 32% of Louisianans approve of how Obama has handled the spill to 62% who disapprove. 34% of those polled say they approved of how Bush dealt with Katrina to 58% who disapproved."



Harvey: I honestly don't think Americans give a s h i t about air pollution in the gulf from burning spilled oil & gas (in a crisis situation), when the livelihoods of fishermen & hotel operators are being wiped out, wetlands destroyed, and beaches slimed with oil & tar balls.


ejj: I now that most of us don't care about air pollution (yet). I guess that slow suffocation and getting lung cancer and other air pollution related deceases may be more acceptable to certain people and animals than eating oil filled food and swimming in oily waters. Oil is often more visible than air pollution. We may need and extended study to determine what is the worse.

Roger Pham

I think that the big "O" should have sent the US Army Corp of engineer to the site, with a fleet of Naval vessels to try to plug the leak. Send in the best nuclear submarine to act as anchor and platform for devices used to plug the leak. Contact James Cameron, or whoever that have the deep-sea capability to salvage the Titanic's wreckage to try to plug the leak. The leak is at the same depth as the Titanic wreckage.

What has the big "O" done but rhetorics?

Roger Pham

"The US FRTG estimates that the flow from the well is now ranging between 35,000 to 60,000 barrels per day."

Meanwhile, only 10,000 barrels of oil were captured per day. Tried as they were for the last two months, they haven't been able to keep up with the bulk of the oil spilled daily.

More people should be involved in stopping this catastrophe than just BP, IMHO! Let's post a contest and big prizes for the group that can stop all this spill altogether.


"Overall only 32% of Louisianans approve of how Obama has handled the spill to 62% who disapprove. 34% of those polled say they approved of how Bush dealt with Katrina to 58% who disapproved."

Which only goes to show how time heals all wounds. Katrina is so five years ago, why shouldn't anyone think what is happen right this very minute is worst? Even back then Public opinion was changing daily: "An ABC News Poll conducted on September 2, 2005, showed more blame was being directed at state and local governments (75%) than at the Federal government (67%), with 44% blaming Bush's leadership directly. A later CNN/USAToday/Gallup poll showed that respondents disagreed widely on who was to blame for the problems in New Orleans following the hurricane — 13% said Bush, 18% said federal agencies, 25% blamed state or local officials and 38% said no one was to blame."


Democrats shoot their wounded (Republicans shun, ignore & marginalize theirs). The left wing pundits are beginning to take shots at Obama...if the situation gets too much more out of control, it is going to get REALLY bad for him.


The idea or acquired belief that we can increase profits by taking enormous risks because we have the means to fix whatever side- effects could and should be challenged.

More prevention could sometime be more costly but humanity would benefit.

The Drill Baby Drill attitude (without improved safety regulations) does not make sense and is unbecoming of an advanced nation.


Not being able to stop an oil leak after 60 days under 5000 feet of water in 2010 is unbecoming of advanced nations.


No, that there is no way to stop an oil leak under 5000 feet of water in just 60 days is a reality that in 2010 advanced nations should understand. The only sure way to stop a leak like this is to drill a relief well and that takes time. If you can't afford to take that time then you should have had the relief wells predrilled before the accident. And seeing as how the drilling rig sunk in this accident then you also need for the relief wells to be drilled and controlled by separate rigs.

But hey, that would have been an unreasonable expense to an "advanced nation" that can't even afford to install a $500,000 an acoustical regulator -- a remotely triggered dead man's switch on a well head that's otherwise unreachable.


Obama may not know how to handle these crises, but give him tine, he is new to a leadership role and will probably learn quickly; and what better place to learn than the presidency.

The relief and compensation money only awaits determination of who gets it first; the SEIU, the teacher's union, oil worker’s union organizers, or just new government workers.

Enough of this unpleasantness, let's eliminate more jobs by stopping all drilling in the gulf and talk of windmills. Is Obama really from La Mancha, Ill?


Ah, the good old blame game...

And comparing this president to that one. Never mind that Katrina was a natural disaster and we're now dealing with an industrial accident for which the industry is the prime responsible.

I saw a few interviews on the telly yesterday with ordinary folk in Destin. They all blamed 'BP', 'Obama', 'the battery on the blow out preventer'. No one was honest enough to also point the finger at themselves. The appetite for oil has forced us to go to great lengths to get at stuff we need for our livestyle of driving cars and flying all over the place. Murphy's law is inescapable. Consuming so much oil without the odd oil spill here and there is impossible. Collateral damage.

Ah well, that's how most people are. Always blame someone else if you can.


"Oil collection volumes were lower on 15 June due to a temporary shutdown resulting from a direct lightening strike on the Enterprise."
Even God is saying this is a major clusterfuck.


But Anne, how can you blame most people for blaming someone else?


OK ! We are finally getting this in hand.

We have Anderson Cooper (God help us) supplying the rhetoric and focus;
- the individual states risk prosecution, to do their own prevention and clean-up;
- congress is increasing their credibility (NOT) with their self aggrandizing and
- the coast guard protects the coast from invasion by unsafe oil collection barges (we cannot assume they have life vests for all hands without seeing the proper paper work now can we?)

Even BP is somewhat effective – they have shown they are capable of shutting off almost all of the information leaks.

Obama, you have been no help whatsoever (oh, except to protect us from invading – non-union, Dutch barges) – so please, just continue to stay out of the way.
Well yes, it’s OK to claim you are in charge. And maybe find out what’s going on down there Umm? (ask Cooper);
- I guess none of those gulf fishermen and oil workers are unionized?

Soon they will be on welfare – is that just as good? Is that the goal?

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