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BP Caps Well! Video

NEW ORLEANS (AP)— Undersea video showed BP robots landed a new, tighter-fitting cap on top of the gushing Gulf of Mexico oil leak Monday, raising hopes that the crude could be kept from polluting the water for the first time in nearly three months.

Placing the cap on top of the leak was the climax of two days of delicate preparation work and a day of slowly lowering it into position. The capping project — akin to building an underwater Lego tower — is just a temporary fix, but the oil giant's best hope yet for containing the spill.

Around 6:30 p.m. CDT, live video streams trained on the wellhead showed the cap being slowly lowered into place, 11 hours after BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said the company was close to putting the seal in place. Company officials did not comment on the operation Monday evening or say how long it would take to latch the cap permanently in place.

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They delayed the testing

Me thinks they're erring on the side of caution, maybe trying it in daylight instead of night. I think they tested all 3 valves, but not completely restricting the flow. They may be re-assessing the backpressure to see if it might be too much for the system as they've never done it before at this depth. The other thing they might be thinking is wait till at least one of the relief wellheads gets connected to help relieve any backpressure caused when they actually shut off the main wellhead. I don't know, I sure hope it works.

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There's 2 pieces looks like

The first, adapter piece, is connected in the video in this post. The second, capping piece, is is placed on top of it in the abc video.

Live feeds from all 14 ROV's

you can see them here on one page:

http://www.bp.com/sectionbodycopy.do?categoryId=9034366&cont...

Also from The Oil Drum site, here are some good illustrations of the cap and explanations of what is involved ..scroll down to see all images:

http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6722#more

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BP reminds me of some customers I have had

"I'll be in in a couple days to pay"

"it'll stop in a couple of days"

*May the only ones to touch your junk, be the ones you want to touch your junk.*

I just hope

that they get this thing stopped as soon as possible.

48 hours to know if it will work

They have to shut 3 valves before they can determine if this will work to stop the flow ( it's a temporary fix) and has never been tried at this depth with the pressures involved. If they shut the valves too fast there could be another explosion.

Hope it will be successful so more attention can be given to the clean up efforts!

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good points LB

We just have to wait and see.

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It's like they took out the part where they actually put that

plug into that hole. Guess they wanted to spare the viewer all the trouble they had fighting the immense
pressure coming out of the over sized water hose.

Just one last kick in the nuts, then a final deathblow

Does this feel like BS to anyone else?

I have no real way of knowing if it's real or not, but it just feels fake as crap to me.

Just thinking

the exact same thing. With all that supposed pressure I have a weird feeling that this is just a production to keep pacify the people who will buy into it. In reality they are probably jacking up the use of corexit and simply sinking it all.

Whatever they are up to it isn't good.

That's exactly what it is Dale

Anyone gullible enough to actually think this can be stopped is in trouble topside.

This is nothing more than an illusion to keep people pacified into thinking that
this CAN be contained and that BP can do it.

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What about the leaks further down?

Doesn't that mean the pressure stopped at the top will force the holes further down and other areas on the ocean floor to open further?

Right?

If the pressure is too low

as they start shutting the valves then it would indicate the 'oil' is escaping from damaged casing beneath the sea floor. From what I understand they would have to halt the effort at that point so as not to risk a larger seep/ blowout beneath the sea floor.

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I don't think they expect this to be the solution.

I think they expect this to be something to help control the amount coming out, until the relief wells get finished.

My understanding is that the relief wells are supposed to be down far enough to intercept the hole, below where the cracks are.

Agreed

Has there been any tests on exactly what it is/was coming out of that pipe. I've seen plenty of crude, light sweet and otherwise and what was leaking here looked nothing like that ?

Just one last kick in the nuts, then a final deathblow

What a bunch of baloney -

If you all think that this is real you might as well pack it in. This is a damn volcano.

Have any of you been reading and watching the blogs of people down there. This is not one hole. This is a multitude of volcanoes and fissures etc.

This video is BS. The cover up down there is SO huge. People are scared, people are sick, people are dying and people are leaving.

BP + BS + the government are participating in MASSIVE lies of what's going on down there.

And BP says that they are CAPPING THE WELL - it's unbelievable!

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Dubious

The video looks like a deception. Between the 8-9 second mark on he video there is a cut from what looks like a low pressure gushing well, to a well-head that has NO OIL COMING OUT while they are lowering the cap on. Incredulous.

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Sen Mary Landrieu got to shut up (can't remember the exact scam Obama was trying she disagreed with there have been so many ) She's been awfully quiet considering all the oil being cut loose to kill her state as has David Vitter. Just wonder if that big check she got to keep quiet on the scams included a fake oil well rupture ? All I can tell you is EVERY PIECE OF CRAP IN THE SENATE HAS TO GO. I've never seen a more disgusting group of people (given there are a couple of DeMint types) otherwise it's disgusting.

Just one last kick in the nuts, then a final deathblow

Hoax.

This whole BP gulf spill...media hoax.

I wish they just would get some deep sea diver to go down there and just stick one hand over the leak and give a thumbs up to the camera... that would be classic.

Pysops.. media.. actors.. propagandists... disinfo agents.... fake videos.. fake photos...fake stories... psyops....

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Pysops.. media.. actors.. propagandists... disinfo agents.. fake videos.. fake photos

Something sure

seems funny about the whole thing ....doesn't it? Very interesting thoughts indeed. I like the comment below about the "Pentagon" frames....so true...so true...
Sit back and enjoy an old Pentagon Video...
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Good job James Cameron?

Good job James Cameron?

According to what I heard on

According to what I heard on my local conservative radio: They were going to cap it and keep an eye on it for up to 6 days for subsurface breach. If there is a breach theyre going to take the cap off again.

Now what!

If you slowly squeeze a balloon, it will give and perhaps not break. If you squeeze an egg, it will not give, and once pressure is too great it will break and cannot be replaced.

This is the problem they face as they shut off the flow with the valves in this new cap. If the casing below the surface is not already damaged, then the shut down of the flow at the top will create increased pressure on the casing. If the casing is already damaged, the flow out into the subsurface will increase; the oil and gas freely flowing up and being released into the Gulf could simply find another path out of the sea bed.

If they abort shutting the valves of the new structure early on in the process of testing and go back to just trying to capture the flow without stopping it, this will be an indication that there is subsurface damage, and that probably the bottom kill will not work either.

Unfortunately, success is still in the balance.

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was it really this easy?

was it really this easy?

That Video Is Comical

The date on the video at YouTube is off by a day...reminds me of the frames from the Pentagon crash...nice editing BP...

AssociatedPress | July 11, 2010

BP has placed a new cap atop the Gulf oil well that could allow it to capture all the crude that's leaking from the well. However, it still must run tests on whether the cap can withstand the pressure of oil pushing up from below the seafloor. (July 11)

(I guess they capped this yesterday???)

i don't understand

so they stopped the leak?
and now they're going to try and still get oil and risk another catastrophe?
why not cap it and leave it alone? greed?

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