May 29, 2010

BP Declares 'TOP KILL' a failure

The new solution sounds a lot like something they should have done 5 weeks ago. From NOLA:

That next attempt should be a procedure known as Lower Marine Riser Package or LMRP. This procedure involves cutting off the failed, leaking riser at the top of Lower Marine Riser Package on the blowout preventer to get a clean-cut surface on the pipe. A cap will be installed with a sealing grommet connected to a new riser from the Discoverer Enterprise drillship, with the hopes of capturing most of the oil and gas flowing from the well.

But WAIT! It gets better!

"We expect to capture most of the oil," said BP CEO Doug Suttles. "I emphasize most because the cap will not result in a complete seal."