BP Oil Spill Live Feed Upate: Oil Well Integrity Tests Continues – BP continues with its monitoring on the pressure of the new oil spill cap earlier installed in the MC252 exploratory oil well. Initially, it was set at 6 to 48 hours. On July 15, a lot of people were surprised to see that the oil spill stopped for the first time as witnessed in the snapshot of the BP oil spill live feed below:
However, as BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said: “It’s far from the finish line. … It’s not the time to celebrate.” This was not permanent as BP needs to monitor if the oil spill cap can hold the pressure of the oil leak.
The pressure inside the oil well recently has been measured at approximately 6,792 pounds per square inch and continues to increase slowly. Both the Q4000 and Helix Producer sub-sea containment systems have been temporarily suspended. Data gathered during the test is currently being reviewed by the government agencies including the Federal Science Team to determine what are the next steps needed to contain this oil spill. After the test, both the Q4000 and Helix Producer oil containment systems are expected to resume capturing and flaring oil and gas.
Meanwhile, work and relief efforts continue to collect and disperse oil that has reached the surface of the sea in order to protect the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico. To date, these operations have recovered a total of approximately 807,143 barrels (33.9 million gallons) of oily liquid.