British Petroleum’s latest efforts to plug the leaking Gulf of Mexico oil well have failed. The complex “top kill” operation involved pumping heavy mud through a drill pipe and into the blow out preventer that sits on top of the well.
“Over the last three days, weave pumped a total of over 30,000 barrels of mud,” said BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles.
“We’ve made numerous attempts to overcome the flow. We’ve monitored the situation after each attempt. We’ve also used our junk shot technique and other materials to try and divert more of the flow down the well, but we have not been able to stop the flow.”
The ruptured well is located 1.6km below the sea’s surface and is spewing up to 3million litres of oil a day into the ocean.
BP now says it will try to cut off the leaking pipe and place a containment structure on top of flow. It’s a risky procedure fraight with problems at that depth.
US President Barack Obama said everything possible will be done to stop the leak until two relief wells currently being drilled are completed.
But that won’t be for several more months. In the meantime, Louisiana residents can only watch helplessly as the black tide gradually engulfs their precious coastline becomes.