(The following press release from the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint
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NEW ORLEANS - The Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon oil
spill in New Orleans authorized BP to proceed with a plan to cap and plug the
In 2010, the 40-foot-tall containment dome was used as a part of an attempt to
capture oil and allow it to flow through a pipe to a barge on the surface. The
technique was unsuccessful and the equipment was moved away from the well head
and riser and set in its current position approximately 500 meters from the
original Macando well head.
The operation, which began Tuesday, included BP mobilizing a remotely operated
vehicle from the offshore construction vessel Skandi Neptune to the containment
dome to place a cap on top of the stove pipe and plug the ROV connection ports
on the sides and top of the structure. The cap and plugs were successfully put
in place and no further oil emissions from the containment dome were observed.
BP has collected data via satellite throughout the operation and will continue
to do so for a five-day period following, in order to detect changes in the
surface sheen and to evaluate the effectiveness of these actions in abating or
eliminating the sheen. In addition, the Coast Guard plans an overflight of the
area later in the week.
Representatives from the Coast Guard, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and Gulf Coast Incident
Management Team's Department of Interior Liaison, as well as state on-scene
coordinators from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida observed the controlled
feed in New Orleans.
The FOSC has further directed BP to submit a feasibility plan that considers
the next steps toward either removing or remediating the threats of oil posed
by the riser pipe and containment dome.
The operation and proposed plan were in response to an oil sheen in the
vicinity of the Deepwater Horizon incident first reported to the National
Response Center Sept. 16. The Coast Guard issued a Notice of Federal Interest
to BP and Transocean after the reported sheen was correlated to the oil that
originated from BP's Macondo well.
The public is reminded to contact the National Response Center at
1-800-424-8802 to report all pollution incidents or the 8th Coast Guard
District command center at 504-589-6225 in the event of a marine emergency.
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