12 Nov 2010.
On the 204th day of the continuing BP’s Oil Spill disaster, BP quietly informed through a teleconference on 10 Nov that the “plug and abandonment of the Macondo 152 well” was completed on 2 days ago. This was reported by the Voice of America (VoAnews.com) with the title “BP abandons Damaged Gulf of Mexico Oil Well”.
Paul Zukunft: Good morning. This is Admiral Paul Zukunft. This is the 204th day of the Deepwater Horizon response. One milestone that probably most people were not aware of this week – two days ago, the plug and abandonment of the Macondo 252 well was complete. And in fact, when it was completed, the cap that went over it has 11 stars on it to memorialize the 11 lives lost during that tragic explosion on April 20.
But what was most interesting was the picture they chose to display for the article. See figure 136-1.
Not only was the still image of the “well” outdated by more than 157 days (8 June 2010) it is also the wrong image of the well. On 8 June 2010, oil and gas were still gushing out of the first LRMP cap on top of the BOP after the riser had just been cut. See CNN video dated 8 Jun 2010 BP-releases-new-hd-video-of-leaking-oil-well.
Voice of America might not be aware that the date on the Oceaneering ROV is on dd-mm-yy British not American format. Thus 08-06-10 is 8 June 2010 and not 6 August 2010. One must wonder why was this particular image chosen?
There are so many ROV images of the capped well (well A) right up to 10 Nov 2010, the day the news of the “capped well finally laid to rest” was announced. See Is The Last Rite For The Macondo Well For Real published on 8 Nov 2010. So why choose this particular wrong image of the well? To start off with, it is not even close to the capped well. This is the image of the “smaller container dome” that was supposed to be used to contain the oil spill. The idea was abandoned without even being tried. See The Mystery Of The April 20 Blowout Revealed Answers To Questions Raised 001.
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Mysteriously, these sincere efforts appeared to diminish as the full financial implication and magnitude of the oil gushes at several reported locations set in. In the 10 May BP’s statement, the giant containment dome parked at the seabed near the spill area was never used at all. One has to wonder why BP would spend all that expenses to build and transport these containment domes and never even try them on before declaring they could not be used. At the same time, BP appeared to be backing off the containment option and preferring the “TOP KILL” option.
The containment dome that was deployed last week has been parked away from the spill area on the sea bed. Efforts to place it over the main leak point were suspended at the weekend as a build up of hydrates prevented a successful placement of the dome over the spill area.
A second, smaller containment dome is being readied to lower over the main leak point. The small dome will be connected by drill pipe and riser lines to a drill ship on the surface to collect and treat oil. It is designed to mitigate the formation of large hydrate volumes. This operation has never been done before in 5,000 feet of water. In addition, further work on the blow-out-preventer has positioned us to attempt a “top kill” option aimed at stopping the flow of oil from the well. This option will be pursued in parallel with the smaller containment dome over the next two weeks.
How could the hydrates have built-up at the dome which was not even placed over the gas leak? Was this a Freudian slip? Why were the BOP and the “Top Kill” option mentioned only 20 days after the blowout? Surely BP is no novice to containing a disaster situation? Did the hawks win over the doves in the battle of Evil Self-Interest & Mass Deception Vs Admitted Liability & Sincere Containment?
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The reasons are obvious why the actual still images of the capped well cannot be used. The situation at site is now much worse than it was shown before. BP has spent so much time and effort to erase the magnitude of the disaster from public memory. With carefully orchestrated Mass deception moves, the world at large has been hypnotized to think that the Macondo Well has been peacefully laid to rest. Not much sense in waking up public concern with disturbing images of turbulent oil and gas columns, blown craters and other evidences of the failed attempts to contain the oil spill. See the sad evidences shown in figures 136-2 and 136-3.
This is why Voice of America could not use any of the later ROV images of the capped well. The images just would not fit the serene funeral service to “memorialize the 11 lives lost during that tragic explosion on April 20”.