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No more camera!

BP halts video of leaking pipe, blames dirty lens

HOUSTON, May 27 (Reuters) - Mud on the lens of the camera providing video images of the pipe gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico has blocked the view of the attempt to stop the spill, BP Plc (BP.L) said on Thursday.

There was no attempt attempt to prevent the public from watching efforts to plug the leak from the damaged well, a BP spokesman said.

"It's just operational," said BP spokesman Jon Pack. "The camera that was closest to the riser got mud on its lens".

Last week BP began broadcasting video images of its leaking underwater oil well, following pressure from U.S. Congressional leaders concerned about the lack of progress in halting what is now the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

Since then the images have focused on a plume of black crude oil flowing from a pipe, called a riser, which is connected to the well head. However, on Thursday all video has been of the equipment at the top of the well.

On Wednesday BP began its latest attempt to plug the well, in an operation dubbed "top kill", involving pumping heavy drilling fluid into the blow out preventer, a heavy piece of equipment that sits on top of the well. The goal is to stall the flow of oil with the heavy fluids and then pump concrete into the well to shut if off for good.

Some of the mud being pumped into the blow out preventer travelled up the riser, expanding the plume of leaking oil, and this was what obstructed the camera, Pack said. He said he was unaware if it would be possible to solve the problem and restore images of the leaking riser.

On Thursday BP said it was making progress on plugging the ruptured well as U.S. government figures showed the disaster has eclipsed the previous worst U.S. oil spill caused by the sinking of the tanker Exxon Valdez in 1989.

BP shares jumped 6.0 percent in London on the comments from BP and from the U.S. Coast Guard suggesting the flow of oil had already been restricted by the pumping of the drilling mud into the blow out preventer.

The success or failure of the latest operation to stop the oil spill will continue to move the company's shares, analysts at French bank Societe Generale said in a research note on Thursday.

The oil company is aware that traders are watching the live video link closely for signs that the operation has succeeded but has warned that images from the seabed will be an unreliable indicator of progress.


The 'spill' is actually a disaster, in catastrophic proportions.

I wonder if that Bush implemented $75 million ceiling on liability due to the Valdez 'spill' is going to stick?

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yep, it is a BIG MESS. I don't think we really know the whole true about this disaster and future consequences. And what if they fail to stop this spill? Ocean is so massive but how long b4 oil reaches coasts of Europe and UK? :unsure:

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IMPO BP have spent the last month trying to save their drill-hole rather than plugging the hole which, IMPO, is what they should have done in the first place... but that would have cost them the billions they have alegeldy already spent drilling it....

For decades high explosives have been used to plug broken oil-wells - on ground and under the sea - so they could have done this. Heck, the Russians have even used mini nukes to block oil wells.

I certainly will not be buying any shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico for many years to come.

Shame, because I have been reading up about shrimp creole, gumbo and the jambalaya - which all looks the same shrimp soup/curry to me.

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I thought that pretty much the "worst case" is that they can't stop it and only the drilling of another well, which (hopefully) won't go the same way as this one, and can then be used to extract the oil thus drasticaly reducing the pressure pushing oil out of the blown-out well?

Drilling another one will take a few weeks .... I think they've already started doing it.

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IMPO BP have spent the last month trying to save their drill-hole rather than plugging the hole which, IMPO, is what they should have done in the first place... but that would have cost them the billions they have alegeldy already spent drilling it....

For decades high explosives have been used to plug broken oil-wells - on ground and under the sea - so they could have done this. Heck, the Russians have even used mini nukes to block oil wells.

I certainly will not be buying any shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico for many years to come.

Shame, because I have been reading up about shrimp creole, gumbo and the jambalaya - which all looks the same shrimp soup/curry to me.

They've not spent "billions" drilling any one well. And they've been trying a variety of methods to block it up from the off, most of which would mean they'd have to drill another hole somewhere else to get the oil out.

Drilling holes costs little compared to the cost of cleaning up after this.......

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I thought that pretty much the "worst case" is that they can't stop it and only the drilling of another well, which (hopefully) won't go the same way as this one, and can then be used to extract the oil thus drasticaly reducing the pressure pushing oil out of the blown-out well?

Drilling another one will take a few weeks .... I think they've already started doing it.

I think the relief wells are expected to connect in about August....

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