BP STOPPED scientists working for COAST GUARD from taking SAMPLES — Delayed 3 weeks… Mission was to measure amount of oil (VIDEO)


Richard Camilli, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Dept. of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Testimony to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, September 27, 2010:

This past May, at the request of the US Coast Guard, I led a team of researchers in a study to estimate the flow rate and total spill volume from the Deepwater Horizon’s Macondo well. ...

These flow rates were, at that time, described as bulk volumetric rates because we had no accurate information as to fluid composition and BP had denied clearance for my team to use isobaric samplers to collect and analyze end member fluids from the leak.

WHOI statement from July 9, 2010:

A team of experts led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and assisted by experts from the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Georgia, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were contracted by the U.S. Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center to conduct on-site analysis of flow rates from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. ...

To collect their data, they used a combined acoustic measurement technique at each of the leak sites using concurrent measurements from imaging multibeam sonars, and a profiling Doppler velocity log (DVL). A multibeam sonar was used to calculate the horizontal cross section of the flow from the riser pipe. The profiling DVL measurements provide detailed estimates of the speed of the fluid flowing up (vertically) at various locations within the flow field. (See Camilli’s Congressional testimony.)

A team of experts led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and assisted by experts from the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Georgia, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were contracted by the U.S. Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center to conduct on-site analysis of flow rates from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.The team used a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to collect their measurements on May 31, 2010, after the top-kill attempt had ended and before the riser was cut. The ROV was operated by Oceaneering International and supplied to the team by British Petroleum.

The team recorded measurements at two distinct sites, above the riser pipe and at the kink above the blow-out preventer (BOP). They derived preliminary estimates from three different view angles above the riser pipe and three view angles above the BOP.

To collect their data, they used a combined acoustic measurement technique at each of the leak sites using concurrent measurements from imaging multibeam sonars, and a profiling Doppler velocity log (DVL). A multibeam sonar was used to calculate the horizontal cross section of the flow from the riser pipe. The profiling DVL measurements provide detailed estimates of the speed of the fluid flowing up (vertically) at various locations within the flow field. (See Camilli’s Congressional testimony.)

The team’s report describes their method for determining a bulk flow estimate (given in “meters-cubed per second”).  It emphasizes that the flow may contain gases, fluids, and solids including natural gas condensate, oil, sediments, and brine. To determine how much of the flow is oil requires an accurate understanding of its composition.

A team of WHOI researchers, funded by a series of rapid grants from the National Science Foundation, is heading to the Gulf aboard the R/V Endeavour to search for subsurface plumes using the TETHYS in-situ mass spectrometer and the autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry.

2 comments to BP STOPPED scientists working for COAST GUARD from taking SAMPLES — Delayed 3 weeks… Mission was to measure amount of oil (VIDEO)

  • kingfish33919

    It has always been obvious that BP has been in charge in this situation- the question is - who runs them. I want to know to whom does Obama report.

  • kingfish33919,

    Obamas' actions are reported to the UN first of all: then there's Queen Elizabeth II, the Vatican, and the *shadow government* headed by eleven unknowns. I use the term unknown because I don't know if they're human or demons. Anyone who climbs the "importance ladder* in the USA are Satanists.

    Obama is beyond the reach even of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). He is a proven criminal having commited a multitude of proven crimes, but his road ahead is unblemished and he may travel without legal hindrance. His power comes from those who put him in position and he will remain there until they've used him all up.

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