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Insertion Tube Siphons Oil from Deepwater Horizon Well

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 17, 2010

BP succeeded yesterday in connecting a 4" pipe to the broken riser to siphon oil and gas from the leaking Macondo well a mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico's surface. 

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Fixing the Deepwater Horizon Leaks

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 13, 2010

The New York Times reports today that BP is making headway in solving the problems that are allowing oil from the Macondo well to spill into the Gulf.

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Options for Stopping the Leaks

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 10, 2010

The Deepwater Horizon's Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico threw another curve ball at engineers who were hoping to stop the leak with a 100-ton containment chamber this weekend. 

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Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup: An Apollo 13 Mission

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 6, 2010

Trying to stop the oil leaks in the Gulf is similar to the Apollo 13 mission, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen told the Houston Chronicle yesterday. Allen said the well site, which is 5,000 feet beneath the water's surface, makes the response effort exceedingly complex and too deep for human access except with ROVs

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