Wednesday, June 09, 2010

From Flaring Spill to Burn, Baby, Burn

The images show BP flaring methane gas from their siphon inserted into the riser pipe. At the time BP said they captured 5,000 barrels a day from the siphon, 100% of the estimated spill. Top kill and junk shot failed. They have since cut the pipe above the blowout preventer and flow has increased substantially.

Plans are to bring in a huge bunson burner, called an EverGreen burner. The device "turns a flow of oil and gas into a vapor that is pushed out its 12 nozzles and burned without creating visible smoke."

It's still a vacuuming operation, with the product stored in tankers and/or burned. Matt Simmons believes 100,000 to 150,000 barrels a day are flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. BP is preparing to process 28,000 barrels.

The bottom line: BP continues its risk management moves, while the government complies.

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