Deepwater Horizon SitRep

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Apr 272010
 
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NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of the Gulf of Mexico on April 25, 2010 using its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument. ocean. Under unique viewing conditions, oil slicks can become visible in photo-like images, but usually, radar imagery is needed to clearly see a spill from space.

Oil leaking from the site of the sunken Deepwater Horizon is expected to reach the US coast sometime during the coming weekend. Most appears to be little more than surface sheen with little depth.

Attempts by several remotely operated vehicles, ROVs, have so far failed to close the Blow Out Preventer and oil continues to leak at about 1,000 barrels a day. Additional options are still being developed to trigger the BOP.

Two drillships, Transocean’s Development Driller 3 and Discoverer Enterprise are moving into position to drill relief wells and stop the leaks. Continue reading »