BP, Feds don’t know what’s causing pressure drop: “We’re concerned about the vital signs of this well. We continue to be concerned about the vital signs.” (VIDEO)


Joint Incident Commander mentions phrase "vital signs" four times in two minutes at today's press conference.

Press Briefing by National Incident Commander Thad Allen, August 18, 2010 at 12:15 p.m. EDT:

We're concerned about the vital signs of this well. We continue to be concerned about the vital signs.

Our first goal is to do no harm. We are doing extensive consultation between our engineering team and the BP engineers. We are moving to prepare the well, the BOP, and a new blowout preventer for either course of action, whether it is putting a blowout preventer before or after we do the bottom kill. We will know when we have satisfied ourselves that we know the vital signs and we've removed every piece -- any shadow of a doubt of any information we could develop from top side before we go forward...

We're trying to do two things while the evaluation of alternatives is going on. We have the opportunity to develop more vital signs for the well, one of them being to remove all foreign objects -- all foreign liquids from the current well, flush it, and fill it with seawater, so we have exactly the same density of material inside and outside the BOP that will allow us to do an ambient pressure test to see if there's any kind of pressure, a rise or fall related to something other than what we believe now to be the gas bubbles that are escaping and causing the drop in pressure.

4 comments to BP, Feds don’t know what’s causing pressure drop: “We’re concerned about the vital signs of this well. We continue to be concerned about the vital signs.” (VIDEO)

  • Fight Corporate Corruption

    . Information from geologists: Why is BP's Macondo Blowout So Disastrous and Beyond Patch-up:
    http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2010/07/30/4781973-why-is-bps-macondo-blowout-so-disastrous-beyond-patch-up-

    What you don’t see can be covered up. . . BP knew if the gushing well was completely shut at the top, oil and gas would spread beneath the sea floor and gas seeps would appear. With the cap on, it’s easier to manipulate the data. There is no need to prove the well is leaking. It is already a fact.

  • Howard T. Lewis III

    Communication between "our engineers and BP's".... Jumpn' Jesus, is this all there is? Coast guard engineers and BP? God....I know you work in mysterious ways. Please start working in mysterious ways. We now have the engineers of Satan (Check out BP's background and go back 30 years.) giving an on-the-job-work experience to easily angered non-industry underpaid help.
    Just how much ruination do you consider is tasteful, oh God? Time to correct the situation, you say. I am trying,Lord.

  • ducq

    Thad Allen's comments make a pretzel look straight, but this time I think I can translate:

    "The well casing is gone, but we're going to continue to pretend it isn't. And since we can't account for anything we put down there, we might as well try water since it's cheaper, and pretend that it has the same density as the muck we can't stop."

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