07.20.2010

In a dire attempt for BP to seem as they are exhausting all possibilities, a “new” option to seal the well was announced. Let’s be real though, not only is it not a new concept~ it’s a dangerous one.

The “static kill”, while still in it’s infancy design and implementation stage, is the latest attempt to keep the well closed in until the relief wells are fully operational later this month.

However, if one takes a closer look at this option- they will see that the static kill is really the top kill option with a new name.

Similar to the top kill option that failed a while ago, the aim would be to send down heavy drilling mud through the blowout preventer valve system that sits on top of the well and then inject cement into the wellhead to seal it.

The only difference that has been noted thus far is the rate of pressure.  Since the well is now capped, the pressure can be considerably lower and more controlled.

The past few weeks, there has been numerous talks about the integrity of the wellboard.

The current psi is reading at 6811 psi with a rate of 1 lb/hr and is much lower than what officials anticipated.

Additionally, there was a leak found 2 miles away from the well and methane bubbles and small amounts of oil coming from the top of  the blow out preventer.

All of these signs are pointing to the well being compromised but BP continues to minimalize the severity of the situation.  Just as they have done since the rig’s explosion on April 20th.

When will we learn that we cant take BP at their word and that it is imperative that we draw our own conclusions of the severity of  “minor anomalies”?

If the capping stack is holding the oil in place as we wait for the relief wells intersect, which should be operational by the end of this month, why are we forcing this godsend?

Additionally, there is a tropical wave north of Puerto Rico with a 40% probability that it will develop into at least a tropical storm and a track forecast of this storm turning into the Gulf which would complicate matters.

Until we are certain that there are no additional leaks and that we will not be affected by a slew of crippling weather, implementing this “new” concept would be irresponsible, reckless and dangerous.

The only thing that is certain is that BP is not taking the environment into consideration as they are only looking for the quickest way, not necessarily the best way, to put an end to the constant string of bad publicity.

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