Environment

Gulf Oil Spill
3:50 pm
Sat August 14, 2010

BP Ordered To Devise Pressure-Relief Plan Ahead of Bottom Kill

New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen says he's ordering BP to come up with a plan if pumping during the bottom kill cranks up pressure on the capping system holding back the oil from the top.

"We're still dealing with part of the well that we can't see, and only know from pressure readings and external indications what the condition is and we will not know until we actually intercept the well."

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Gulf Oil Spill
10:00 pm
Fri August 13, 2010

Allen To Decide If Bottom Kill Still Needed

New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen says there's a chance that cement pumped down the well could have come back up the outer casing.

"We may be the victims of our own success here, in that once they looked at the results of the cementing from the static kill from the top, they raised the question of whether or not the cement that entered the reservoir might have actually gone back up the annulus and sealed that."

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Gulf Oil Spill
5:07 pm
Fri August 13, 2010

Allen Says Relief Well Will Be Completed

New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen says pressure testing at the well shows something is blocking oil from coming back up the reservoir. He says it's probably cement pumped in from the top that somehow got pushed back inside.

"What we don't want to do is somehow upset what we've done, which is a really good cementing job that was done through the top kill."

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Gulf Oil Spill
10:07 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Tropical Depression Breaks Apart in Gulf

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Gulf Oil Spill
4:57 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Testing Planned To Make Sure Bottom Kill Doesn't Damage Evidence At Well Site

New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen says once tropical storms subside at the end of this week, more testing is planned for the plugged up well. Engineers want to make sure it can take another shot of mud and cement pumped through the bottom. Equipment at the seafloor is vital to several top-level investigations into what caused the Deepwater Horizon rig to explode.

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Gulf Oil Spill
11:19 am
Wed August 11, 2010

More Federal Waters Re-Open For Fishing

New Orleans, La. – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reopened more federal waters off the Florida Panhandle to fishing. NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco says inspectors have been sniffing seafood samples for traces of chemical dispersants, and chemical testing found no oil.

"The Food and Drug Administration has indicated that the compounds that are in the dispersants are not a concern for human health, human safety."

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Gulf Oil Spill
11:13 am
Wed August 11, 2010

Storms Delaying BP's Permanent Kill Of Blown-out Well

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Gulf Oil Spill
6:52 pm
Tue August 10, 2010

Federal Court in New Orleans To Hear Oil Spill Lawsuits

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Gulf Oil Spill
2:06 pm
Tue August 10, 2010

More Testing Set During Weather Delay At BP Well

New Orleans, La. – Bad weather is expected to delay the relief well operation by as much as three days. Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says the extra time will be used for testing the system that rings the outside of the well itself.

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Gulf Oil Spill
1:59 pm
Tue August 10, 2010

Bad Weather Delays Relief Well

New Orleans, La. – Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says the relief well will be delayed two to three days.

"The low pressure system off the west coast of Florida right now in its intended track has made it advisable that we cease drilling operations until that weather system has passed."

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