July 15th, 2010
06:03 PM ET

No oil leaking as BP begins critical pressure tests in Gulf oil well

CNN Wire Staff

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A highly anticipated test designed to measure pressure within BP's ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well began Thursday after a delay caused by leaking equipment.

A short time later, BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells announced that for the first time in almost three months, no oil was flowing into the Gulf. This was part of the test, as BP measures pressure in the well to see how it's holding. Higher pressure readings mean the well is containing the oil, while lower pressure means some is leaking out.

The data is being particularly closely scrutinized at six-hour intervals, so a key time will occur later Thursday night, after the first six hours.

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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    AC, basically your report should have said
    a) Very good news!
    b) Let's not forget the caveats from over a week ago that it will be checked every 6 hours to see if OK, over 48Hours.
    c) The extraction pipes to ships will be reconnected while this happens but the valves will not be opened. Q 4000 operated for some of the time during this excercise but currently shut down.
    d) If b) has problems the extraction ships will be put into operation again and in 1-2 weeks will be able to capture up to 80,000bpd. Helix producer is available now. We should remember while the old inefficiceint cap was on approximately 25,000 BPD were being recovered, other amounts skimmed and burnt off.
    e) The government and BP expert team have been sounding the ocean floor to detect any stress, after closure.
    The key to all this is that if after 48 hours its OK then the Oil cap release valves are opened to avoid pressure risks, however the really nice bit is that the valves can be closed again during a serious hurricane. All that until the relief wells come on line.
    The story and demand now should be the Gulf crisis clean up/ Ecology need, that will take many years, dont want another Haiti do we!!
    Messrs Markey, and the Professor are only repeating things already well publicised by you already, but of course in a seriously and needlessly negative way. The risk( s) have been aired ad nauseum AC 360, BP, Thad Allen, and the camera gives you 24 hour transparency if it all regrettably goes pear shaped.
    You balanced the Berm reporting vs Jindal/Nungesser.
    The last bit needs to give is a real update in detail on shoreline efforts. How the coast has been divided up and what they are responsible for, each state /parish. And effectiveness.
    How effective the suction is being in the Marshes, and what or how successful A Whale and other skimming efforts are in BPD in terms of oil not getting ashore and the balance = a future risk to shores... chase up Thad Allen and coast guard on this as BP only pays the cost, and little say, except it owns any Oil ultimately recovered.
    Also if the well is capped you did not note that dispersant was turned off. Be transparent please it's available information.
    Hey bloggers read the "keep reading bit" its very informative combined with AC reporting.

    July 16, 2010 at 3:56 am |
  2. Lucy Kape

    Where was PETA in all of this? I mean if they're able to complain about Obama swatting a fly on tv, How come they're nowhere to be found discussing this life-threating situation?

    July 16, 2010 at 1:50 am |
  3. MA Moore

    Praise the Lord!

    July 15, 2010 at 11:20 pm |
  4. Leanne

    Hooray for today, BP. Keep up a positive approach to this horrible devastation that is happening to our beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Our residents and our wildlife need this to happen as soon as possible. Many thanks to Anderson, as he has been there and has kept us informed during this terrible time, as he has for many other happenings.

    July 15, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  5. BreakingNewsBlog.us

    I fear the Press will quickly forget the oil spill news... like happened with then Haiti's heartquake...

    July 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  6. Annie Kate

    The picture of no oil coming from the well is one of the best pictures you've posted since April! Cautiously optimistic is a good way to feel after all these months and I hope the tests continue to go well and that BP can focus on cleanup efforts after the testing is complete. As FDR said when he took office during the Depression about solving that economic calamity – try something and if that doesn't work try something else – BP had to try a lot of something elses to get to this so I hope this one is finally the one that works and can control the oil flow until the secondary wells are complete in another month.

    July 15, 2010 at 7:39 pm |

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