Monday, May 17, 2010

Threading the needle

At this point in time anything to help stanch some of the flow is welcome relief indeed.

Good work BP engineers.

Tube to pull oil called a success
By JENNIFER LATSON - Houston Chronicle

Nearly a month into their quest to contain a gushing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP officials had their first major success Sunday, when robots threaded a thin tube into a broken pipeline almost a mile underwater.

The tube was expected to work like a straw, sucking as much as 85 percent of the leaking oil into a tanker on the surface. After a failed first attempt Saturday, followed by a successful insertion that was subsequently dislodged, BP found that the third time was the charm.

“We’re obviously pleased,” BP spokesman John Crabtree said. “It’s progress.”

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