BP Must Salvage What May Be Evidence Against It

BP must retrieve the blowout preventer that failedBP (BP ) has been ordered to retrieve the section of pipe that has the blowout preventer, the mechanism that failed and helped to cause the explosion that wrecked the Deepwater Horizon rig, which of course triggered the largest oil leak in U.S. history.

"The procedure should recognize and preserve the forensic and evidentiary value of the blowout preventer stack," National Incident Commander Thad Allen said in an e-mailed statement Sunday. "The procedure should also include measures to enable capture and removal of oil in the event of a release." The e-mail was reported by Bloomberg and a number of other media outlets.

BP estimates that bringing up the section of pipe and putting a new preventer into place could take three weeks, thereby delaying the final stage of capping the well. There is a small probability that the process could cause another leak in the well.

The government will examine the device to see whether it is defective. If it is, the liability cases against the UK-based company will almost certainly both expand and grow in number.

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mls103188

That is like giving the fox the key to the hen house. BP should not be allowed to handle that evidence whatso ever.

August 23 2010 at 9:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Thomas

Leave WELL enough alone.

August 23 2010 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eteeuwe

The Drill Pipe retrieved can also totally exhonerate BP and place the onus on Transocean Drilling in its entirety. There were two different sections of 6" Drill Pipe in the Marine Riser section that was cut at the top of the LMRP to allow fitting of the "Capping Stack". There should have only been one. If the reason for that second piece was because Transoceans personel "lost" a section of Drill Pipe in the Marine Riser during previous Drilling operations and did not report it beyond their OIM, and if that second piece of Drill Pipe caused the failure of the Shear Rams to cut the pipe and shut in the Well, BP will be off the hook for the entire spill. Once the failed BOP is replaced, a Log can be made of the Well to the depth of the Cement Plug (8000' below the Sea floor)This will provide any data concerning failure of the casing or cementing to that depth.

August 23 2010 at 5:32 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Dave

Why not leave the well head alone until it is permanently capped? Why risk more leaks to bury BP further in their misery????

August 23 2010 at 3:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joebudgie

This fiasco in the Gulf is prime evidence of the failure of the sitting President. Let everything go to Hell. It's more important to fix blame than it is to look for solutions to problems and move on. Having a couple vacation days on a specially cleaned beach on the Gulf is pretty nice too.

August 22 2010 at 9:19 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
sndckid

having worked on subsea bop s for eight years no one mentions the wellbore presurseat that depth it was well over 9000 psi there are 4 compartments to a bop stack and no one has mentioned which one was activated. if the anular preventer was activated and the gas moved faster than the preventer nothing could have prevented the disaster. well bore gas flow is almost instantanoes. the real error here is removing the drilling fluid ( mud) from the well boreand allowing the gas to come to the surface where it came in contact with ignition sources

August 22 2010 at 9:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jaymbee123

Transocean owns the blowout preventer and is responsbile for it's maintenance and operation. Transocean purchased the BOP from Cameron about 10 years ago.

August 22 2010 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bhcarley

If it is defective it does not mean the manufacture made it so. If it is defective it means it was not maintained

August 22 2010 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joebudgie

Maybe.

August 22 2010 at 9:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
StopUrWhining

Once again an ignorant reporter makes a comment that makes no sense. BP did not build the preventer or the pipe so if they are defective the manufacturers of those items will have the liability.

August 22 2010 at 5:09 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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avbysandy

Ya, BUT BP ordered the project to CONTINUE, knowijng there were BIG problems!!

August 22 2010 at 8:16 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply