The company's next planned step is a "top kill
" -- pumping heavy fluids and then cement into the gushing well to plug it.
The energy giant also said it was gearing up for an operation called a "top kill
" to inject tonnes of heavy drilling "mud" into the well to staunch the flow before permanently sealing it with cement.
Mix knew that BP's internal estimates of the flow rate from the well were "well above" the numbers the company was citing publicly and the maximum 15,000 barrel-a-day limit for the Top Kill
capping operation to be successful, prosecutors said.
Mix, who worked on BP's unsuccessful attempt to stop the gusher using a technique called ''top kill
,'' had access to internal data about the amount of oil flowing from the well.
At one point after the April 2010 spill, BP touted the chances of stopping the leak with a so-called top kill
that pumped heavyweight drilling mud into the well.
Similar to the top kill
, drilling mud was pumped into the well to drive hydrocarbons back into the reservoir.
(81) BP next attempted to stop the leak through a top kill
procedure by pumping drilling fluids into the broken riser pipe to stop the flow of oil and applying cement to seal the well.
He says that while there's some oil in seabed sediment (partly from the failed "top kill
" attempt when BP tried to plug the well by injecting drilling mud), "the good news is that much of the oil went away really fast," devoured by microbes.
Chesapeake, one of Pennsylvania's biggest shale gas producers, used a mix of plastic, ground-up tires and heavy mud to plug the well -- an operation that echoes BP's "top kill
" effort to seal its ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well last year.
Pimp BP's little port-a-potty mistake with the Top Kill
Of all the spill images, those provided by this camera were the only ones to be unprecedented, installing in our techno-imaginary the live feed of oil billowing from BP's broken wellhead to form its own imagistic "gusher," defeating all the technical verbiage ("static kill," "top kill
," "side kill," "blowout protector") and proving so incendiary that it took considerable effort by Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) to pry it from BP's proprietary control.
The Deepwater Horizon spill was only about a month old-no spill-cam yet, no top kill
or junk shot or umpteen other attempts to plug the cursed hole--when we saw a note from MoJo reporter Mac McClelland flicker across our tweet stream: "Has oil made landfall in Port Fourchon, LA?