Official: BP's Next Effort Could Increase Oil Flow

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- White House energy czar Carol Browner says BP's next effort to contain the oil spewing from a damaged well in the Gulf could result in a temporary 20 percent increase in the flow.

BP's latest attempt to stem the leak involves cutting and removing a damaged pipe. Browner said in a news release Sunday that government scientists believe the oil gusher would increase as much as 20 percent from the time the pipe is cut to when a containment valve is in place.

BP spokesman John Curry did not know how much time would pass between the procedures. The operation began Saturday and is expected to take four to seven days.

BP PLC Chief Operating Office Doug Suttles said Saturday that cutting off the damaged pipe wasn't expected to cause the flow to increase significantly.

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  • by Derek Location: Greenville on May 31, 2010 at 08:15 AM
    David, you are mistaken. There are some quality experts on this blog..... you know the folks that print off their PhDs at home?
  • by David Location: New Bern on May 31, 2010 at 05:20 AM
    You guys watch too much TV.
  • by Jamal Location: Fairfield on May 30, 2010 at 05:13 PM
    Dumbies!!!! Drill down 50-75ft beside the pipe and set off explosives....Then enough sand and bottom will fill the PIPE!
  • by Anonymous on May 30, 2010 at 03:43 PM
    I got an Idea.Drill 4 holes around the pipe line about 200 feet apart about 1500 to 2000 feet deep below the ocean floor and set off some major explosives in those 4 holes.This will push sand and rock squeezing the hole shut.
  • by hope Location: NC on May 30, 2010 at 03:30 PM
    So what is the hold up? What incompetence!

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