Video Footage Shows Containment Cap Installed on BP Leak
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.
“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.
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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.