BP and government making backup plan “should the relief well effort fail”


BP Discussing a Backup Strategy to Contain Oil, New York Times, June 28, 2010:

Article Excerpts

But BP and government officials are now talking about a long-term containment plan to pump the oil to an existing platform should the relief well effort fail. ...

"I won't say there haven't been relief wells that haven't worked," said a technician involved in the effort. [Triple negative... Meaning he's seen relief wells that haven't worked]...

The backup plan would involve continuing to collect the oil through several systems at the wellhead and pumping it through a subsea pipeline to an existing production platform at least several miles away. Mr. Wells said several platforms had been identified as possibilities...

The technician, who has knowledge of the effort,... said that too little was known about the condition of the well bore near the bottom... whether, for instance, it had been enlarged by the high-pressure flow of oil over the past two months. ...

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