BP exec: Appears only drilling mud flowing from well

HOUSTON Wed May 26, 2010 8:52pm EDT

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HOUSTON May 26 (Reuters) - BP Plc (BP.L) (BP.N) Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said on Wednesday it appears drilling mud, not oil, was gushing from a ruptured undersea well six hours into an effort to halt a month-old oil spill.

"What you've been observing coming out of the top of that riser is most likely mud," Suttles said at a news conference broadcast from a Louisiana command center. "We can't fully confirm that because we can't sample it. And the way we know we've been successful is it stops flowing." (Reporting by Bruce Nichols and Erwin Seba)

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Mboughan1 wrote:
Well that sounds like good news for a change. Cross your fingers.

May 27, 2010 8:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AMW1.com wrote:
The Eastern seaboard of the United States of America is a priceless National Treasure which cannot be bought or replaced for any amount of money.

It has been attacked not by terrorists but by cowboys who do not know how to drill wells safely, let alone clean up their own mess.

A pilot has to check that his landing gear is working before taking off, and an oil company should check that their blow out preventer is working before drilling a well. This is commonsense.

McDonald’s faced punitive damages of $2.7 million for serving just one cup of hot coffee. How much will BP have to pay for their negligence in spilling millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf?

This incident was not an “accident”, but was rather an accident waiting to happen.

There’s a big difference between the two.

May 27, 2010 8:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
borisjimbo wrote:
If they can measure the flow rate of the oil coming out they can sample the fluid coming out now. Another case of not willing to spend the bucks to fix their screwup.

May 27, 2010 6:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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