The Pendleton Panther

Smallest Of The Oil Leaks Sealed Off

Posted on: May 5, 2010

Oil Leak Workers

On May 5, 2010 the smallest of the three oil leaks on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico was sealed off.  A U.S. Coast Guard official said that it was sealed off by robot submarines which will not reduce the amount of oil that is spilling but will make it easier to seal off the leak in the near future.  The small leak — the one furthest from the well head –was sealed off with a valve sometime between 6 p.m. CDT Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Brandon Blackwell said. But the two more substantial leaks, which are farther down a collapsed riser, or pipe, that had originally connected the wellhead with the drilling rig, continue to gush oil, and the overall rate of the spill is likely the same.  “It’s kind of like a garden hose with three leaks in it — you cut off this leak but you still have two more,” Blackwell said.  The oil company BP has began a 125 ton collection device that is similar to a big box.  The company plans to lower the device over one of the two leaks by this weekend.

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