Bad News from the Gulf – BP Delays Testing New Cap

  • Published on July 13th, 2010

After a day of waiting, the word came from the Gulf late Tuesday – BP will NOT be testing the new cap on the Deepwater Horizon well today.

This comes as a major disappointment, and feeds fears that the well is in such bad shape that the capping process won’t work.

“We decided that the process may benefit from additional analysis that will be performed tonight and tomorrow,” said retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen.

The only thing they could be analyzing at this late date is how to test pressuring the well from the top… without risking blowing through weak casing below the sea floor that could blow out like an aneurism popping, with equally catastrophic results.

(Cross-posted at FailDrill)


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