BOP המתקן שמחובר לראש הבאר ואמור היה למנוע התפרצות של נפט וגז אבל כשל כידוע
LMRP Containment Operation Deployed
Release date: 04 June 2010
BP announced today that oil and gas is being received onboard the Discoverer Enterprise following the successful placement of a containment cap on top of the Deepwater Horizon's failed blow-out preventer (BOP). This follows the cutting and removal of the riser pipe from the top of the BOP's lower marine riser package (LMRP).
It is expected to take one or more days for flow rates of oil and gas to stabilize and it is not possible at this stage to estimate how much oil and gas will be captured by this containment system.
All of these operations are complex, involve risks and uncertainties, and have to be carried out by remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) at 5,000 feet under water. Systems such as the LMRP containment cap never before have been deployed at these depths and conditions. The containment system's efficiency, continued operation, and ability to contain the oil and gas cannot be assured.
Preparations continue for the planned enhancements to the containment system as announced on June 1. Work continues on the first relief well, which started on May 2, and the second relief well, which started on May 16. Both wells are still estimated to take around three months to complete from commencement of drilling.
Louisiana Begins Controversial Engineering to Ward Off Oil Spill
Erik Stokstad Science 4 June 2010:
Regardless of when BP finally manages to stop its undersea gusherfrom the Deepwater Horizon, a massive slick will likely remainin the Gulf of Mexico for some time. With public officials desperatefor action, the magnitude of the disaster—the largestoil spill in U.S. history—has inspired an unprecedentedand untested idea for combating it: an extensive sand trap.But scientists are dubious about the project's chance of successand say it could even jeopardize long-term restoration of Louisiana'swetlands, which have been disappearing for decades.