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Deepwater Horizon: Robot blunder sends more oil gushing into Gulf

BP was forced to remove the cap collecting oil from its disastrous leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday, after an undersea robot collided with the collection equipment.

Although the ‘lower marine riser package cap containment system’ has now been reinstalled, the accident likely allowed thousands more barrels of oil to pollute the Gulf.

BP removed the cap at 0845 CDT and reinstalled it at 1830 CDT. The day before, BP reported collecting 8,195 barrels of oil over a 12 hour period, although this included oil collected through a ‘choke line’ as well as through the cap.

Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, National Incident Commander for the spill, told reporters that a remotely operated vehicle had bumped into and closed a vent that is supposed to carry warm water into the containment cap to prevent the formation of methane hydrates, which could block oil flow.

“Out of abundance of caution the Discover Enterprise [the collection ship] removed the containment cap with the riser pipe and moved away until they could assess the condition,” Allen said yesterday (transcript).


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    Mrs. Jude Garner said:

    When will they start using NASA to fix this mess bp has made once and for all? When will they stop burning turtles and other sea animals alive? We are sick and trying very hard to destroy all mankind now it is terrible.

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    Uncle Al said:

    Management is about process not product. Management is intolerant of risk, thus swapping known disaster for unknown hazards. Management makes decisions, workers make mistakes.

    A social advocate makes virtue of failure. The worse the cure the better the treatment – and the more that is required. “There is free beer at the bottom of the hole.”

    God save us from the congenitally inconsequential. As for the rest… send engineers.

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    debra hansen said:

    I believe in God…Please, to all people around the world, pray to my God to stop the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico at 12 pm. Central Daylight Time on June 26, 2010. If we all gather our prayers together and send them all at once, I know he will help. Thank you, and may God Save Us All!

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