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Friday, May 28, 2010

Lack of Closure

Today I hear on National Propaganda Radio that the leak is plugged. Again. For the second time this week.

There are other sources however- thanks again to Monkeyfister- that suggest it's deja vu all over again all over again.

...The technician working on the effort said that despite all their injections, at various pressure levels, engineers had been able to keep less than 10 percent of the injection fluids inside the stack of pipes above the well.

He said that was barely an improvement on the results Wednesday, when the operation began and was suspended in its 11th hour of operations.

“I won’t say progress was zero, but I don’t know if we can round up enough mud to make it work,” said a technician working on the project who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Everyone is disappointed at this time.”

The technician also said that there were disagreements among engineers about why efforts have been unsuccessful so far, but that those disagreements were based on a lack of a clear understanding of what was happening inside the pipes on the sea floor...

It's quite simple, really. This reservoir is every bit as big and pressured as BP bragged about last fall when they discovered it. Hubris, meet Nemesis.

Oh, and that second plume that erupted Wednesday? It's been joined by a third:

A day after scientists reported finding a huge "plume" of oil extending miles east of the leaking BP well, on Friday a Louisiana scientist said his crew had located another vast plume of oily globs, miles in the opposite direction.

James H. Cowan Jr., a professor at Louisiana State University, said his crew on Wednesday found a plume of oil in a section of the gulf 75 miles northwest of the source of the leak.

Cowan said that his crew sent a remotely controlled submarine into the water, and found it full of oily globules, from the size of a thumbnail to the size of a golf ball. Unlike the plume found east of the leak -- in which the oil was so dissolved that contaminated water appeared clear -- Cowan said the oil at this site was so thick that it covered the lights on the submarine.

"It almost looks like big wet snowflakes, but they're brown and black and oily," Cowan said. The submarine returned to the surface entirely black, he said.

Cowan said that the submarine traveled about 400 feet down, close to the sea floor, and found oil all the way down. Trying to find the edges of the plume, he said the submarine traveled miles from side to side.

"We really never found either end of it," he said. He said he did not know how wide the plume actually was, or how far it stretched away to the west. He said the plume was found in an area that had already been closed to fishing by the federal government...

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