BP: ‘Top Kill’ Attempt Could Take All Weekend
Although British Petroleum (BP) announced on Thursday that the “Top Kill” attempt has succeeded, new evidence was revealed on Friday that the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico is worse that what was previously thought. BP is still exercising great efforts to put a stop in what is predicted to become the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
It was previously reported that BP is attempting to control the oil leak via the “Top Kill” procedure, a method “to stanch the flow of oil by pumping vast quantities of heavy fluids down into the well in hopes that they will over match the upward pressure of oil and gas.”
However, things are not as easy as it seems as the top-kill attempt is expected to take all weekend, as the Gulf oil spreads much farther than thought.
According to reports by The Washington Post, university scientist James Cowan of the Louisiana State University said his crew “had located another vast plume of oily globs in the opposite direction, in a section of the Gulf 75 miles northwest of where the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20.” This news came out a day after a research team revealed findings of yet another huge plume of oil which spreads towards east of the leaking BP well.
Further reports stated that Cowan’s crew is using a remote-controlled submarine, which dove 400 feet down, close to the seafloor, to survey the water, and came out with findings that it is still filled with oily globules which are described to be similar to “big, wet snowflakes, but they’re brown and black and oily.”
For this, BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles came out with a statement on Friday, saying that the operation is going according to plan.
“If the operation is successful, BP can then cap the well with cement. If it is not, BP will turn to other options, starting with a second attempt to place a containment cap that could collect oil while BP continues to dig a second well to relieve the leak,” reported The Washington Post.