Tropical Depression Delays BP Relief Well in Gulf of Mexico

Bad weather delayed work on the final feet of the relief well that is intended to permanently fix BP's (BP) ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

A tropical depression is heading for the site from a position off the coast of Florida, and it's expected to strengthen and become a tropical storm today, The Associated Press reported.

Engineers only have about 30 feet to 50 feet left to drill on the relief well, which is intended to allow BP to pump in mud and cement to seal the ruptured Macondo well from below.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Tuesday that testing still needs to be done to decide if work should go ahead on this so-called bottom kill procedure.

"I'm not sure we know that ... I don't want to prejudge whether we are going to do it or not going to do it. It will be conditions-based," Allen said.

Allen had been insisting that the procedure take place, even though the top kill procedure appeared to be working.

Allen said there was a "very low probability" that the bottom kill wouldn't take place.

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Bad news ??? do you ever forcast anything else ???? NO

August 11 2010 at 6:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Seems to me that using onre of the two wells as a producing well with the second as a "safety valve" for relief should it be necessary which is unlikely makes good sense. Does anybody really belive we shoyuld leave all that oil down there? Hey its oil that doesn't cpme from our "friends" in the mideast. We are drilling in the gulf anyway. One accident shouldn't stop us. We should learn from it and tighten up on regulation not stop all drilling.

August 11 2010 at 5:11 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Would just about bet, if the possibility arose, that they would take those two relief well's and make them into producing well's. It would take some hefty persuation to get them permited to do so but with the top kill working, and two well's drilled into the pay zone at much expense, deservitally so, have to wonder if it could happen.
Those relief well's could be a tax write-off but at the same time, allowed to produce could bring in much revenue to goverment on various levels.

August 11 2010 at 2:55 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Wes Andersen

Yah I said that two weeks ago, they will find a way to beat the moratoriam, wait and see.

August 11 2010 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They already have a valid lease so there is no need to get a permit to pump the oil. The lease was not cancelled. Just a drilling moratorium and that does not stop the wells that are in the process of producing. BP just recently released a memo saying they may at a later date go ahead with production.

August 11 2010 at 8:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

news isn't particularly bad; this already happened this Summer on about the same scale, and it postponed cleanup for only one day; winds got to only 35 mph; some thunderstorms are stronger than that

August 11 2010 at 12:46 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply