Update: Oil seeping from Gulf floor near well, but Coast Guard allows cap to stay in place another 24 hours

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen on Sunday evening agreed to allow a cap to continue to block the flow of oil from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, despite the discovery of oil or natural gas seeping from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico at a location away from the well. But Allen ordered BP to report any discoveries of future seeps within four hours … Continue reading Update: Oil seeping from Gulf floor near well, but Coast Guard allows cap to stay in place another 24 hours

Update: Caution is Watchword…

“Caution” was the watchword Saturday for BP and federal officials searching for signs of leaks after a cap seemed finally to have stopped the flood of oil from a ruptured well that has poured crude into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months. Caution in deciding that tests will continue for at least a day longer to be sure the “shut in” procedure has … Continue reading Update: Caution is Watchword…

Headlines from the Gulf Coast…

Gulf Oil Spill Stopped? Oil plugged, but for how long? – HuffingtonPost Widespread Oyster Deaths Found on Louisiana Reefs – AP Authority Overuse of Dispersants Debated – Times Picayune Giant Oil Skimmer – A Whale Deemed a Bust in Gulf of Mexico Spill – Times Picayune Oil Spill’s Threat to Fowl Not Always Obvious – Daily Comet Nearly Five Years Later Still No Levee Commission … Continue reading Headlines from the Gulf Coast…

BP Still Unsure What Pressure Readings Mean

British Petroleum is in the middle of a 48 hour window where the pressure readings on the new well-cap are being monitored round the clock. Still under 7000 PSI, two very divergent views on what could be happening below that cap are floating to the surface: Perspective 1: Roger N. Anderson, a professor of marine biology and geophysics at Columbia University, said the oil pressure … Continue reading BP Still Unsure What Pressure Readings Mean

Update: Pressure inside the well at 6700 and rising says BP

Ed Note: Since that initial score, the well pressure has not gone above 7000 psi, though the scientists analyzing data say this might not be caused by leaks and could be a result of generalized pressure loss in the well…analysis will continue for the next 24 hours… From the Times Picayune: Pressure inside the blown out Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico is at about … Continue reading Update: Pressure inside the well at 6700 and rising says BP

Update: Oil Well is Closed, Integrity Test Begins

From the Times -Picayune: There was no oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon after BP crews managed to shut in the leaking Macondo well. The company is now conducting a “well integrity test” to determine if the well can remain closed until it can be permanently shut with cement next month. The test will last anywhere from 6 to 48 hours, during which time scientists … Continue reading Update: Oil Well is Closed, Integrity Test Begins