BP to try unprecedented engineering feat to stop oil spill

CNN – BP to try unprecedented engineering feat to stop oil spill

If successful, they say, the "pollution containment chamber" could reduce the underwater gusher by more than 80 percent and provide the first success in industry and government efforts to control the spill that began April 20 with an explosion and fire on an offshore rig.

"Everyone's committed to getting this stopped so we can just focus on a cleanup," said Doug Suttles, the BP chief operating officer.

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The challenges are vast and varied, reflecting the scope of the problem.

The gushing well is 5,000 feet under water at the bottom of the ocean, where the immense pressure makes it impossible for humans to work.

So far, unmanned submarines called "remote operation vehicles" have been trying unsuccessfully to fix a defective "blowout preventer" — the failsafe gadget that should have prevented the leak in the first place.

Now BP has started drilling a relief well that eventually could allow them to close off the broken well. However, that would take at least two months to work, Suttles said.

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  1. Inside_Passage
    May 05, 2010 @ 09:20:00

    Ah, cool. Looks like a variation on the "Dome & Straw" containment method John was describing on his blog a few days back:http://geophysics.vox.com/library/post/slick-sliding-away.htmlI'm guessing the altered, box-like structure as opposed to the dome is an alternative intended to address the time constraints of building a new dome? Hopefully they can get this functional and then start mass producing them.

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  2. Syrin from Wasilla
    May 05, 2010 @ 10:00:00

    Very interesting, isn't it? I agree with the reason for an altered version of the dome technology. Expediency. Getting this in position to do what it's designed to do is the top priority for ALL involved.. Got word, un-officially that one of the 3 known flow points has been sealed….

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