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  •  Why stop drilling the second relief well? (8+ / 0-)

    I don't get it. Are BOPs or drilling rigs so scarce that BP can't continue the relief well and pursue whatever the next madcap scheme is for stopping this one?

    BP spokesman David Nicholas told UpstreamOnline that the rig was stopped so its BOP would be ready if needed.

    "The (Developmen Driller II) has temporarily suspended drilling operations in preparation for the possible future deployment of its BOP on top of the (Macondo) BOP," he told UpstreamOnline in an email response.

    "This is a possible future option for stopping flow from the well and, as throughout, we are advancing options in parallel."

    BP operations boss Doug Suttles confirmed that the BOP was being prepped to be deployed but said that it had been at the ready since the beginning of the top kill operation and it was not a sign that BP thought the top kill would not work.

    http://www.upstreamonline.com/...

    "I had seen the universe as it begins for all things. It was, in reality, a child's universe, a tiny and laughing universe." Loren Eiseley

    by cadejo4 on Sat May 29, 2010 at 07:20:51 AM PDT

    •  Exactly what I thought. Doesn't make sense./nt (4+ / 0-)

      you (Repubs) lie down with "Nazi"-chanters, you get up with a responsibility for what they might do. -David Corn

      by Gorette on Sat May 29, 2010 at 07:27:21 AM PDT

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      •  The relief wells are our last best hope (5+ / 0-)

        The odds are not 100% with one, could be substantially improved with two and they should probably have even more going to achieve greater certainty. And yet, they just blithely stop drilling relief wells for their next idiotic attempt at blocking flow. Got out and buy another damned BOP and contract another rig if they think this latest scheme has a chance.

        "I had seen the universe as it begins for all things. It was, in reality, a child's universe, a tiny and laughing universe." Loren Eiseley

        by cadejo4 on Sat May 29, 2010 at 07:33:08 AM PDT

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        •  I really don't think deepwater rigs (5+ / 0-)
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          are available on short notice.  They are usually contracted up to five years in advance. There is already a worldwide shortage of deepwater rigs.  If BP itself has an available rig that is not already drilling, that could certainly be used.

          I think obtaining another BOP has a better chance, which may be what is planned.  Since they are 5 stories tall, I presume it could only arrive by ship.  I hope someone will correct me if I am wrong on that part.

          Sometimes it's better to individually address a problem rather than just criticize our politicians for failing to do so.

          by texasmom on Sat May 29, 2010 at 07:54:48 AM PDT

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          •  But they could pull one off even if they had (3+ / 0-)
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            to stop drilling some other well, no? Or would that take too long?

            you (Repubs) lie down with "Nazi"-chanters, you get up with a responsibility for what they might do. -David Corn

            by Gorette on Sat May 29, 2010 at 08:29:51 AM PDT

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            •  Yes. It takes time to safely shut a well down and (2+ / 0-)
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              then transport it to another site.

              As Texasmom noted above, scarceness of supply and transport time also apply to availability of another BOP.

              Scarcity of supplies seems to have been an issue right along with this thing.

              Stepping up to life eliminates the capacity for bullshit. - Robinswing

              by Onomastic on Sat May 29, 2010 at 08:39:04 AM PDT

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            •  My gut tells me that may be another (0+ / 0-)

              operation that has never been attempted in deepwater drilling.  Any other rig sufficient to help on the current one would be drilling in comparable depths.  

              I don't think anyone wants to be making any unprecedented, untested moves right now.

              Sometimes it's better to individually address a problem rather than just criticize our politicians for failing to do so.

              by texasmom on Sat May 29, 2010 at 11:05:16 AM PDT

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          •  Thanks for the info Texasmom. Appreciated. (2+ / 0-)
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            Just read that the Administration "pushed" BP to drill that second well.

            Would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for that conversation.

            BP says the best way to stop the oil for good is a relief well, but it won't be complete until August. The company had been drilling a second relief well as a backup — Obama said Thursday his administration pushed for it in case the first one did not stop the oil — but work on that has stopped while the rig that had been drilling it works on another option for stopping the oil.

            http://www.npr.org/...

            Stepping up to life eliminates the capacity for bullshit. - Robinswing

            by Onomastic on Sat May 29, 2010 at 08:30:39 AM PDT

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    •  The answer is in the diary, actually. (2+ / 0-)
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      Are BOPs or drilling rigs so scarce...?

      The 2nd relief well drilling has been temporarily halted so that some of the equipment used for that effort can be made available for the Top Kill effort.

      It's not the BOPs and rigs, but other equipment (perhaps ROVs?). These processes are incredibly complex and it is really busy out there near the site and at subsea levels too. Maybe Fishgrease can shed light on that but I'm not inclined to think that's outrageous.

      There is no more important struggle for American democracy than ensuring a diverse, independent and free media. - Bill Moyers

      by StepLeftStepForward on Sat May 29, 2010 at 07:32:56 AM PDT

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    •  The cheapness goes on (4+ / 0-)
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      penny wise pound foolish is how BP got into this mess.

      Profit driven rescue isn't going to fool anybody, like putting out workers on the beach only when the cameras are rolling for the President.

      If cats could blog, they wouldn't.

      by crystal eyes on Sat May 29, 2010 at 07:37:36 AM PDT

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