BP Oil Spill Clean-Up Efforts Continue to be Hampered by Weather
The ship, Helix Producer, has been trying for several days to link to BP's ruptured oil well. Unfortunately, the Gulf of Mexico weather is not cooperating and is hampering oil spill containment and clean-up efforts.
The BP well continues to contribute between 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of crude oil daily to the already gargantuan oil spill. If the Helix Producer can hook up to the well, it could siphon up to 53,000 of those barrels each day. That would make a significant difference to the amount of oil contributing to the worst oil spill in U.S. history. See CNN video below.
Even though the sea is rough, oil spill clean-up workers have still managed to partially link the BP well with the Helix Producer. However, they cannot proceed to complete the link until the weather eases a bit. Officials at Louisiana’s oil spill clean-up command center believe the ship-to-well link may still be completed by Saturday.
Rough weather is also affecting the placement of a new, more efficient containment cap on the BP well. The new containment cap would permit an increase in oil capture from 26,000 barrels a day, to 80,000 barrels a day. Combined with the Helix Producer operation, this would be an effective beginning to controlling the BP oil spill.