BP Successful In Cutting Oil Pipe, Containment Dome Redux Comes Next

Illustration for article titled BP Successful In Cutting Oil Pipe, Containment Dome Redux Comes Next

It's a small victory, but BP reports that it successfully sawed through the ruptured oil pipe in the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico today, the first critical step to their new containment dome strategy.


Initial attempts to cut the pipe with a diamond-tipped blade failed, and the company had to settle for severing the pipe with shears, resulting in a rougher cut (which in turn will mean a less secure fit for the containment dome).


We'll see just how effective that cap will be within the next 24 hours, when BP attempts to lower it down to the rig with their new pipe-within-a-pipe strategy later today or early tomorrow. [CNN]

Share This Story

Get our newsletter



My first question, through all the fuckups that have happened here at so many levels, is why the hell would a valve so critical require power to close?

I'm not going to pretend to know anything about this, because I don't, so hopefully someone does. But in a nuclear reactor, for instance, aren't the control rods sprung to instantly go 100% into the reactor, and in order to increase heat they need to be pulled out AGAINST the tension of the spring (meaning that if shit breaks, it defaults to safe, not the other way around)?

Is there any good reason that this type of principle is not being used in such a critical piece of equipment as the blow out preventer?

I won't discuss how it was damaged a month earlier in a previously unreported accident.