The oil has stopped flowing into the gulf …….. we think. So far it looks good ………. we think. The pressure has not come up as high as we would like, which could indicate either a possible leak somewhere else or that so much oil has rushed out of the reservoir that the pressure has dropped naturally ….. we think.
Encouraged by results so far, BP and the government agreed Saturday to another 24 hours of testing of the recently recapped Gulf well.
Higher pressure means oil is not leaking out from another source in the well. Lower pressure would indicate otherwise.
A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration sonar ship has been brought in to monitor the sea floor around the well, Allen said in a statement. “The pressure in the capping stack continues to increase very slowly and we want to continue to monitor this progress.”
The latest pressure reading inside the well was 6,745 psi (pounds per square inch), Wells said. That falls short of the optimal 8,000 to 9,000 psi needed in order to conclude without doubt the well is not leaking.
Thad Allen said Friday that the rising pressure readings were generally good news. But he added, “I think we’re at a point where there’s enough uncertainty about the meaning of the pressure that we’re seeing that we have to use due diligence moving forward. We don’t want to do harm or create a situation that cannot be reversed.”
So here’s the question….. where was the concern for the integrity of the well when BP tried the infamous “Top Kill” or “Junk Shot”? What if those tries had succeeded and the integrity of the well was failing. Does that mean that an unrecoverable situation could have developed? Could that “Unrecoverable situation” still become a reality?