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    The old BOP has been removed from the Macondo wellhead and the replacement BOP from the Development Driller II has been successfully installed. Thankfully, there was no problem with a stuck pipe attached to the damaged BOP. With an undamaged BOP in place killing the well permanently will be both safer and less complicated.

    They are now bringing up the damaged BOP. You can watch the pipe attached to the damaged BOP being pulled and dismantled using the moonpool links in either the Mothership or one of the ROV diaries.

    Damaged BOP recovery will take 24 to 36 hoursfrom early yesterday afternoon but it might be as early as sometime later this morning if things go well.

    The "blowout preventer" from BP's Macondo well - which infamously failed to prevent this summer's spill - has begun its transition from sub-sea equipment to federal evidence.

    The 450-ton device was removed Friday afternoon from the Gulf of Mexico floor and attached to a long section of pipe that will be used to haul it 5,000 feet to the surface, according to a statement from retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad W. Allen, the federal government's point man on the BP oil spill.

    Allen said it would take 24 to 36 hours for the device to reach a rig called the Q4000. The removal of the blowout preventer had been delayed because of high waves in the gulf, which would have put extra strain on the pipe; it was carrying about 1 million pounds.

    The total cost to BP so far for the destruction they have visited upon the Gulf is now
    $8 billion.

    BP PLC says the cost of dealing with its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has risen to $8 billion (€6.2 billion) as it prepares to release the findings of an internal inquiry into the causes of the disaster.

    BP published figures yesterday which showed that since it capped the well on July 15th, it had spent about $90 million a day, in line with the spend rate, while the well was gushing over 60,000 barrels a day into the sea.

    Alabama governor and AG continue to squabbleover suing BP.

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- In a new twist to their increasingly bitter relationship, Attorney General Troy King has accused Gov. Bob Riley of trying to let BP get off cheap for the Gulf oil spill and Riley has accused King of not acting in the best interest of the state.
    King and Riley, former friends who now rarely speak, traded terse letters that both sides made public Friday.
    King told Riley that the initial claim he filed with BP for $148 million is "grossly inadequate," and he accused Riley of holding secret meetings with BP officials.
    ...
    Riley, meanwhile, announced he had hired a law firm to advise the state on the oil spill issue and claimed the price is much cheaper than the open-ended fee King had planned for his suit.

    Cognitive dissonance reigns supreme at the Louisiana’s Shrimp & Petroleum Festival.

    Outsiders fixated on the BP oil spill, recent Mariner Energy offshore drill explosion, and widespread concern over the safety of shrimp from the Gulf think it sounds sort of like Al Qaeda’s Downtown Redevelopment Initiative or Michael Lohan’s Good Parenting Fair.

    ...And the shrimp at this week’s festival will be from the East Coast.

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    We watch, so all will know.

    by Gulf Watchers on Sat Sep 04, 2010 at 02:59:52 AM PDT

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