Release date: 26 April 2010
BP is accelerating offshore oil recovery and continuing well control efforts in Mississippi Canyon Block 252 (MC252) following improvements in weather conditions in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday.
"The safety of the people working offshore is our top priority and the improved weather has created better conditions for our response," said BP Group Chief Executive Tony Hayward. "This, combined with the light, thin oil we are dealing with has further increased our confidence that we can tackle this spill offshore."
BP, operating with the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies, has launched its comprehensive, pre-approved oil spill response plan following the April 22 sinking of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig 130 miles south-east of New Orleans.
According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) experts participating in the spill response, the spill is "very thin" and consists of "97 per cent sheen."
In Houma, Louisiana where the field operations response is being coordinated, more than 1,000 personnel on and offshore are deployed to coordinate the oil spill response.
BP, as lease operator of MC252, also continues to work below the surface on Transoceanís subsea equipment using remotely operated vehicles to monitor the Macondo/MC252 exploration well, and is working to activate the blow-out preventer.
The Transocean drilling rig Development Driller III will arrive on location today to drill the first of two relief wells to permanently secure the well. A second drilling rig, Transoceanís Discoverer Enterprise, is en route.
Well, BP is the environmentalist oil company
(if one were foolish enough to believe their false flag marketing) was the worst offender on bad maintenance in Alaska, where one of their pipelines had a big spill a few years back. Once again we find that they are the greatest threat to the environment.
To boot, the administration just approved long-proposed operations of offshore drilling in large swaths of the US coast. Ugh! So where's our big investment in renewal energy? Sure, we are clever animals and can construct amazing machinery to exploit the planet, but I feel sure, we will all perish, as these systems we have come to rely on all crumble one by one, for lack of proper maintenance, for a myriad of reasons. Satellites will cease functioning, disrupting communications and navigation. Big steel machines will corrode and fail from cost cutting in maintenance to maximize profits for the next 3 months, to please Wall Street. Entropy and loss of social cohesion will force all action into the near future and the ten year plans be damned.
If Lou'ziana is the waste portal for the US mainland, the "A" hole for future reference, then the Gulf of Mexico must be the toilet bowl. Standard Oil used to control the state, and the oil cartel still does I think. Condolences to sailors and residents of the oil coast in the gulf. I hope you/we get a benevolent outcome, but it don't look good.