They are reporting that about 6,000 barrels have been recovered in a day (so says the Times). However, how much is being put out by the damned thing is still not known, nor is it known what the cutting of the broken pipe did. If the cut added 20% to the flow, which is what was predicted, and if the flow was large enough to begin with, then recovering 6,000 barrels per day may just get us back to what the flow was to begin with. If it was the upper limit estimated by the feds, 19000 barrels per day, then a 20% of that is 3800 barrels, so the actual improvement is 1200 barrels per day. But the fed's estimate is the lowest. The worst-case estimate is 100,000 barrels per day, and 20% of that is 20,000 barrels, so recovering 6000 barrels is not even a drop in the bucket, so to speak.
If you go to the estimate page, note that a barrel is 42 gallons.
Edited by yoyo52 (06/05/1010:56 PM)
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Max, that what I've said from his first defensive salvo — his position is wholly nationalistic, even though he denies it. And of course, we're all anti-British, according to his Stiff Upper Lipness, no matter how many of us have clearly stated that our anger is with a corporation called British Petroleum, and not with the GB or it's peeps.
At this point, the rate of flow is almost moot in the face of the anticipated duration of flo. Two more months IF the relief wells hit their mark on the first attempt. I've heard that this could conceivably continue through the end of the year! So even 5K barrels a day over that long a span could lead to a global problem.
You really are a complete prick. I live here in Florida and it makes my heart break. The Gulf already gets a huge dead spot in the middle of it every year when the temps get too high. A large anaerobic spot where everything dies and nothing can breathe or live. Caused by global warming.
Now lets throw a few gallons of oil on it.
I saw a news clip of a bird that was so totally soaked and coated in oil.... made me f'kin sick to my stomach.
I live on the south end of the tip of Florida... just on the other side of the spill. We are going to the beach tomorrow so I can enjoy what may soon be a nightmare to behold.
We live next to the Port of South Miami and there are oil takers parked offshore nearly all the time... and we get tar balls and blobs just from the small leaks on those vessels. I can only imagine what this mess looks like on the other side in the Gulf. How you can defend BP is beyond me. The only reason I can think of is your a complete prick....or you just enjoy riling everyone up in here on a constant basis which would mean... you are a complete prick. Or C: All of the Above.
All I did was suggest that there was room for cautious optimism about the top hat procedure judged by the amount of oil being collected at the surface. Seemed to go down like a lead balloon - not one word of appreciation despite the many technical difficulties that had to be overcome. Now what we're seeing is a lynch-mob mentality and a determination to blame BP at all costs without inconveniences like facts getting in the way, for example that the rig was supplied to the company with hidden defects which caused the blowout. Oh, and the line that because 'B' stands for 'British' any advocacy of the company's position is nationalistic is complete drivel... to all intents and purposes BP America is an American corporation, quoted on Wall Street and everything like that.
f it was the upper limit estimated by the feds, 19000 barrels per day
Yeah, if... if it was their lower limit of 12,000 barrels they'd be collecting half the spill and if it was the higher limit about one third - just like I said.
from the article:
"technicians involved in the operation say they are concerned that as they succeed in gathering more and more oil, they may have trouble handling and storing all of it. A ship on the surface is capable of collecting 15,000 barrels a day, Admiral Allen said."
Perhaps they should speak to six to find out how he managed to stop it rising to the surface?
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