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May 28th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

BP reports 'some success' in stopping oil leak in Gulf

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(CNN) – BP has measured "some success" in the Gulf of Mexico with a risky procedure known as "top kill," which has never been tried before a mile under the ocean's surface, the company's top executive said Friday.

The oil flow stopped when heavy drilling mud was being pumped into the well at high pressure, but it was too early to tell whether the operation will be able to permanently keep oil from gushing out, said Tony Hayward, BP's chief executive officer. The oil giant plans to resume pumping mud later Friday.

"Clearly, while we're pumping mud there is no oil and gas coming into the sea," Hayward said. A live video feed from the ocean floor showed a thick brown stream gushing into the water. That material was almost all nontoxic, water-based mud - not oil - he said. Read more

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  1. Mary Kay

    Biotechnology should be brought to bear – and fast. The wheels are turning too slowly. The technology is proven and already in-use on oil and grease. What are they waiting for?

    June 6, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  2. Dr. Rob

    Why is BP not employing bioremediation in the Gulf? It's an ideal environment with water temperatures >80F – Does anyone know the answer – right now it's chemical and physical clean up – it would appear to me that for 1% of what they are currently spending an additional technology would be appropriate? Am I missing something?

    Dr. Rob Whiteman, BSC, MSc, Ph,D
    Member SAB, ASM, WEF, IWEM & TAPPI

    June 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  3. Randy J

    16” or 17” inner tubes/but stronger (about twenty five or so ) around a 16” or 17 ” dia. ductile iron pipe w/”o”’s -ring between the inner tubes, with a shut off valve at or near the suface (leave open so less pressure againt pipe when inserting, pump oil into a tanker until or never close until thruss blocking is in place ),( valve stems w/ hoses coming up through the pipe to the surface ).

    June 5, 2010 at 12:30 am |
  4. c.c.

    other countries have offered to help and BP, appararently, turned a deaf ear. i cannot remember just who but reputable people who had beau coup experience. (wish i could think who) BP is the one to fix this thing. don't be blaming obama. what do you want? him in a wet suit sticking his finger in the leak? c.'mon. you nay sayers sit out there and HOPE he will fail at ANYTHING!!! even your toilet running or your faucet dripping.

    i think it is time that BP is pressured to consider using advice from outside their "realm"!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  5. waitress at a seafood restaruant

    "some success" isn't what we need to hear its giving off false readings to me. Does BP and possibly this wonderful president we have not realize the lives this is messing up???? I mean this is my only job, yes thats my fault but how can I work somewhere thats not hiring? Someone needs to stop twiddling there thumbs and get off there rears and get to working on this thing before it causes all of the people that live on the coast to lose there jobs!!

    June 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  6. Bruce Sharratt

    Correct me if I am wrong but the regulations to drill were laxed. Did'nt they use to have to drill a relief well first in case of an accident happening. If this is so which administration allowed BP and others to drill without first drilling a relief well? Was it Bush and Cheney?

    June 1, 2010 at 6:06 am |
  7. Fran B Reed MPH

    Please show more of Billy Nungessel of Plaguemines Parish.
    He seems to be the only one who knows what he's doing. He
    was going to take out boats on Sat. May 29th with or without
    permits and permissions. Did he? BP has no business deciding
    who can clean up where or who will wear protective masks.
    They've proven they don't know what they're doing. Let the gov.
    and Billy and locals clean this up. Give them BP money. Fran

    May 31, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  8. Amy L

    I am outraged at the catastrophe that BP has caused in the Gulf, and that they are not reaching out for help from expert sources. I am thoroughly discouraged by Obama, who has allowed BP to run the show. Obama needs to take charge, for heavens sake!!!! He needs to do 3 very important things: 1) gather the experts from around the country from universities and research centers for new input on how to contain this horrific spill 2) mobilize the military/National Guard down to the region to provide more manpower 3) 17 countries have offered their expertise in this matter, and Obama has allowed BP to make the choice of who they will listen to; BP has chosen only 2 of the 17 countries, Norway and Mexico, and we have not heard anything about what ideas those countries might offer. Obama needs to gather ALL 17 COUNTRIES for their input....all sources should be welcomed eagerly for all input, because up till now BP has failed the Gulf Coast people and needs to hear fresh and possibly effective ideas on how to contain this thing. Come on, Obama, take control and shove BP out of the picture.....we need fresh sources of information.....Obama, ACT NOW TO SAVE THE GULF!!!!

    May 31, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  9. Bob, Tuscaloosa

    If the president were to put a moratorium on the sale of ALL BP products until the leak is capped, I suspect BP would become much more interested in fixing their mess.

    May 31, 2010 at 8:04 am |
  10. Everette Coonce

    The only way the top hat will work is to have the top side "open ended" if not the back pressure will keep the hat boyant.
    It will be easier to deal with the gusher on the top side rather than a mile deep where we have no buisiness in the first place, greed,greed
    LakeCharles, La.

    May 31, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  11. MeLoN

    Israel stopping aid to the people trapped in Gaza once again. Just more evidence that that Israel is a terrorist state.

    The US should add Israel to the list of terrorist states and treat them as such. The US shouldn't have such a country as an ally. Step up Obama and treat Israel like the terrorist state it is.

    May 31, 2010 at 6:10 am |
  12. sam


    I would like to know why you have not given the Free Gaza Flotilla more coverage. I appreciate your fair coverage, although it is extremely short. The entire world is on non-stop coverage of this incident, and CNN is only giving it less than 5 minutes every hour. Please give us more coverage of the Gaza flotilla.

    Best Regards,

    May 31, 2010 at 6:09 am |
  13. alec

    I am amazed that you are not covering the attack on the humanitarian flotilla. 19 dead. Sweden and Spain have already recalled their ambassadors. How can this be? Oh! You just started coverage. Finally! Thank you.

    May 31, 2010 at 6:04 am |
  14. MeLoN

    Good Morning CNN!

    May all Americans think of all the fallen Vets today!

    What next BP? More failure? Just waiting to the well runs dry?

    The Government should seize all of BP property that they can get their hands on.

    Gulf of Mexico
    Beginning of time – 2010

    May 31, 2010 at 6:03 am |
  15. D Johnston

    You cannot top kill a flowing well pumping fluid thru the BOP's, because the flow takes the heavy fluid striaght out the BOP's and out the top of the riser pipe. Somehow common sense had been overlooked. B.P. should cut off the bent riser pipe as purposed and have the rig on the surface run heavy weighted drill collars down to the cut off riser pipe. The remote cameras can guide the drill string into the open casing. Once the drill collar is inserted into the riser pipe the rig can run the drill string as deep as necessary and the well can be killed with heavy mud. After the well is killed with the heavy mud the well can be cemented and the flow will be sealed.

    Sometimes the solution is looking them in the face and they cannot see it.

    May 30, 2010 at 9:50 pm |
  16. hubert pipkin

    Use a 2" thick bell shaped object that's 1/3 larger than control valves that's top the leaking well.. At the top of said bell have a series of valve to allow slow descend over the existing control valves.Bell will cover the entire area the existing control valves and seal on ocean floor. a soft line that can be attached after or during as long it will allow the flow of water and oil and air to escape as the bell descend to the ocean floor after bell in place this line will allow for the pumping off of oil that will continue to be jetted out from well to be captured and pumped into awaiting ships.

    May 30, 2010 at 9:10 pm |
  17. Andrew

    Why can't they use the expanding foam stuff to block the hole? They can also create a way to direct the oil spill by using the expanding foam and put a pipe line in with the foam so the oil will follow the pipe and they can have it go somewhere else besides the ocean. Those are only guesses I don't know if they will work but I think it's possible.

    May 30, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  18. Barb

    Don't understand why so many thinks BP isn't doing enough to stop the flow of oil. Why would they not want to stop it? The longer is spills the more money it is costing BP.

    And for the one's who live on the coast line that is threatened. WHY don't you quit complaining and get busy offering to help in what ever area they can use you? It is Your home, offer to work and help in anyway you can be of service. I have washed and cleaned birds, it is a dirty job but it doesn't take a college degree to do it. They took me and I only had an 11 grade education and was 50+ years old.

    Cryng Poor Me gets might old when you don't see them doing anything but complaining. Folks, pull your pants up, put on your boots and do something constructive. I can't be the only one that doesn't feel sorry for people that won't try and help themselves.

    God Bless any and everyone who is trying to fix and clean up this mess. Maybe, God has sent a message and no one is listening.

    Just a suggestion is the American Red Cross helping in any of the areas affected???? If so, maybe you could volunteer to help them or any other group that needs help.

    May 30, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  19. Andy1

    When I lived overseas in a Moslem country, it was a common belief that no one went to the moon; the whole thing was staged and filmed. Apparently, that thought is still held to be true by many conspiracy theorists, as I heard it again the other day from someone living in Sherwood Park, Alberta – an online alternate news junkie. After contemplating that thought for a moment, I can see how it seems logical when an oil leak underwater can't be checked, but men can be sent to the moon!! It is beyond belief what is happening to the water, people's livelihoods, the marine life, and the future for underwater drilling. It certainly is making the oilsands seem a better bet by comparison, especially if carbon capture methods improve and tailings ponds can be better contained so that birds and animals won't be affected by the goo. The John Daly show had someone on the other day touting his book about China and how America is losing sight of the future due to becoming mired in present distractions. Environmental issues aren't distractions; they are often disasters. Unless oil can be capped underwater, offshore drilling shouldn't be allowed. What a sad, sad situation. Health care is another issue not a distraction but a necessity. I had to have an operation a week ago and was thinking about how grateful I am that I didn't have to pay – not even health care fees now, just taxes. What would a colonoscopy have cost in the U.S.? It was efficient, timely, and free for me aside from taxes, so so much for all the ballyhoo and scaremongering by many in the U.S. about our health case system and supposed socialism. Is your country "the greatest country on earth" re. health care? Where is the list regularly brought out with other country's systems as compared to yours, etc.? I haven't seen one. The number of people in jail, people on the street, without health care, addicted to drugs in the U.S. versus those wealthy individuals who can afford good lawyers and hospital care versus other country's, eg. Europe's system – is yours a better, more human system? Or is it one of the most unequal and destructive to those without money – which now includes the fisherpersons on the coast near the oil spill.

    May 30, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  20. Jason

    The Earth is slowly bleeding out and we can't seem to find a way to mend the wound.

    May 29, 2010 at 11:48 pm |
  21. Jason

    What's next....wait until the oil runs out on it's own? This is ridiculous.

    May 29, 2010 at 11:46 pm |
  22. Smith in Oregon

    With Hillary Clinton actively working out a Middle East Peace Plan at the same time she is actively working with China to help prevent a all out war across the entire Korean peninsula, the last thing she needs is the large debt burden hanging over her head from her failed US Presidential big. Please consider visiting Hillary Clinton's website and donating a small amount to help her retire that outstanding debt.

    Where is Joe Biden? Shouldn't he be staying in the Gulf of Mexico to help direct Federal resources until the Gusher in the Gulf of Mexico and the Republican Plume of Doom has been shut off, and dissipated?

    Push Vice President Joe Biden out of Dick Cheneys former bunker and send him to Louisiana to lend a hand!

    May 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
  23. ronvan

    After the outright lies from the BP "faces", I wouldn't beleive anything they say. Put our own camera down there so they can't control it!

    May 29, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  24. Lori

    I am sick of President Obama being slammed for the mistakes that are all at the feet of BP. Why wouldn't Obama be working to get this matter under control? This is not Obama's Katrina and that is a stupid comparison , to me, made by those who wish Obama would fail at this like Bush did with Katrina. Who could have known this would happen? Just when you think all of your ducks are in a row you get blindsided by something epic like this!!!! I'm sure regulation regarding deep well drilling will require nothing short of a cavity search to get approval and that kind of microscopic focus hopefully will help to prevent something this massive from ever happening again. And shame on BP if they really did ship all of those clean up workers in just to make it look good while the president was visiting today. I hope Obama got a good look around today and I hope he took his direction from the locals who know what is really going on and not BP who is trying to run for cover.

    May 29, 2010 at 12:34 am |
  25. Jerry

    Why not run a simplified sleeve to surround the pipe. with clamps around the pipe. Slide the sleeve over the break and then tighten it down.
    When we blow a rad hose we have to improvise. I can't see the ultimate pressure coming from that oil leak being snuffed by pouring mud over it. The pressure will blow through the mud.
    What ver happened to simplified solutions?

    May 28, 2010 at 11:32 pm |
  26. tkbrazie

    GREAT SUCCESS, BP, (and HALIBURTON)?! You have managed to damage an already worn and weary coastline. You have damaged an environment that will never be the same. You have put animal species from the ground, air and water in grave dangers of not only being able to live, but to be able to even exist in the future.
    What do you greedy people call a "failure"?
    May God have mercy on you all.
    May God Bless all creatures, great and small, that have been effected by your greed and incompetence.
    Even if the problem is "fixed", the damage is forever.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  27. jay price

    And the winner is BP!

    We are so stupid as we allow BP to manage this oil spill. They have even hoodwinked our President and the American people again.

    They have clear sailing to drill two more wells and will be able to extract twice as much oil from this oil field. They will now double their profits form this disaster. We should not allow a single dollar to go to BP until every bit of this spill is cleaned up. We should demand that each dollar from this well site be put into a special fund to support job loses and repair of our coastlines.

    May 28, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  28. slider

    It is nice that our president has had time to play golf, to travel to campain for his buddies, to attend fundraisers, etc, etc, etc. At the worse the press will only slap him on the wrist for his lack of action. I suspose he will give a speech that will cause the well will close.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  29. jULIE


    After watching the comentator, that held the bottle up full of tar oil. Why do they not try stringing plastic bottles on ropes into the gulf to attract the oil to them, when they get gunked up, pull them out.

    America, one thing we got is tons and tons of plastic bottles. Plastic has this attraction for oil. Come here we got tons of them...Might save parts of the gulf.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  30. Hank Castello

    The best way to ensure this never happens again is for everyone to boycott BP and help put this criminal corporation out of business!

    May 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm |