What the diamond saw – BP’s latest gambit
CNN’s Josh Levs does a good job explaining BP’s latest plan for its runaway well in the Gulf of Mexico. One error in his presentation – he says the kink in the riser was caused by the initial explosions. It wasn’t. That kink, and indeed the whole clustercuss on the ocean floor, appears to have occurred when the floating rig, the Deepwater Horizon, sank on April 22 – two days after the initial explosions.
The only reason I mention this seemingly minor point is that it may prove much more important as the investigation into the disaster progresses. Some experts believe that the terrible situation was made far worse by the constant stream of water directed at the rig. The weight of the water, they say, caused the rig to collapse and sink, rupturing the pipe.
Reuters is reporting that the diamond wire saw has been freed.
Update on LMRP process
The diamond wire saw used to cut through the Lower Marine Riser Package (LMRP) got stuck while sawing through the riser this afternoon. At last word, BP was still attempting to free it.