New BP Containment Cap - So Far, So Good
The good news is that underwater cameras trained on the ruptured BP oil well show that there is no oil gushing into the Gulf waters as there has been for the last 12 weeks. However, as tempting as it is to see this success as the long-awaited end to a terrible nightmare there is still a great deal that needs to be done before BP can say, “It’s over!”
BP engineers have been adjusting valves to see if the pressure within the well’s capping stack will reach the required pressure to indicate that there are no other hidden leaks. Currently, pressures under the containment cap have reached close to 7,000 PSI. If pressure continues to rise past 8,000 PSI, it would be reasonable evidence that there were no other leaks elsewhere in the line.
Every six hours, BP engineers and scientists along with US government specialists review and study the containment cap integrity data results. The plan is to continue this scrutiny for about 48 hours. The longer the well holds pressure, the better the likelihood that the ruptured well is contained.
BP has also restarted drilling one of the relief wells. This operation is recognized as the real solution to permanently plugging the well that has belched almost 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.