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By Staff on Jul 12, 2010 with 2 responses

Video Footage Shows Containment Cap Installed on BP Leak

Tags: BP, oil spill

Underwater video showed a positive development in BP’s quest to contain the leaking oil well Monday evening, when a tighter-fitting containment cap was placed on top of the gushing well.

The new cap, for the time being, seems to have accomplished its task of restricting the flow of oil from the well. If the cap holds through the upcoming tests, this would be the first time that the spill has been contained since the April explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

An image still from BP video footage shows the new containment cap placed on the leaking oil well.

“Significant progress has been made on the capping stack installation,” said National Incident Commander, Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen. “As a result of that progress, BP will perform a ‘Well Integrity Test’ tomorrow morning. This test involves closing one or more of the valves on the new cap for a period of time to allow BP to measure pressures in the well.”

The test can take from 6 hours to 2 days depending on the measurements that are observed, said Allen.


BP is still hesitant to claim victory, as the long term viability of the well cap remains uncertain. “The sealing cap system never before has been deployed at these depths or under these conditions, and its efficiency and ability to contain the oil and gas cannot be assured,” BP said in a statement regarding the new cap.

“People feel very good about what we accomplished in the last couple days,” BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells said. “But the job is not over.”

UPDATE: BP’s “Skandi ROV2″ robotic camera feed is still showing some oil leakage, although minimal compared to what was seen gushing previously.

  1. By Tony on July 16, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    What do you think of Matt Simmons’ outrageous claims about the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher ? He claims there is a crack in the ocean floor that continues to release 120,000 barrels per day. Here is a July 15, 2010 interview on the Dylan Ratigan Show (MSNBC)

  2. By rrapier on July 16, 2010 at 9:11 pm


    I responded under the Matt Simmons Debunked thread, but in a nutshell Simmons is an investment banker. So I don’t put any more stock in his opinions on things like that than I do in most laymen. He is certainly not an expert in that area.


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