Low Pressure Mystery: Possibly “part of the well apparatus has collapsed and obstructed the oil flow”


BP to Continue to Monitor Integrity of Oil Cap, AOL New July 17, 2010:

There are a few possible explanations for the lower-than-expected pressure readings. One... reason could be that part of the well apparatus has collapsed and obstructed the oil flow.

It's possible that happened earlier this week, as engineers maneuvered underwater robots to slowly close three valves on a new tighter-fitting cap lowered over the gusher.

Pressure naturally increased as those valves were closed, and could have disrupted some of the machinery inside.

3 comments to Low Pressure Mystery: Possibly “part of the well apparatus has collapsed and obstructed the oil flow”

  • The Fahstahouahn

    What about the other leaks down the line? Aren't there about 3 other seabed cracks from the drilling that are still crapping out oil? This situation is still very grim as I believe the 'capping teams' will encounter much more problems in the near future. Not trying to be a negative nancy here, but there is still so much that we've not been told of the actual crisis. But, thanks to MOJO's awesomeness, the truth shall continue to spill out hopefully as fast as the oil continues to do so. Peace.

  • Betsy S.

    Over Memorial Day weekend, we were all hoping that all of that drilling mud would do the trick with The "top kill" procedure; the gusher was so powerful that it just blew the stuff right out. Now, here we are six weeks later, and the pressure is now suddenly slacked off and they're bringing in NOAA to monitor the seabed....

    Something seems not quite right.

  • Waterman

    There is something I wonder :

    How can we actually SEE something around a place where 200.000.000 gal of crude oil has leaked ?

    It's a mystery for me until someone has an explanation !

    Take care everybody.

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