BP “praying” and hoping: Pressure “could send oil shooting up from a new leak on the sea floor”


BP praying cap will end Gulf oil nightmare, AFP, July 13, 2010:

BP was poised Tuesday to test whether a huge cap can safely seal the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, praying an end to the costly 13-week catastrophe is in sight. ...

"Everybody hope and pray that we are seeing high pressures here," said senior BP vice president Kent Wells. "If the tests confirm that we can shut in the well, then the well will obviously be shut in and there will be no leakage into the sea." ...

The integrity test, however, was not without danger and Wells admitted that pressure caused by closing the valves too quickly on the cap could send oil shooting up from a new leak on the sea floor.

"The worst-case scenario is that it could actually broach back to the sea floor," Wells said.

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