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Old 05-04-2010, 10:12 AM
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BP claims absolute responsibility for oil cleanup

As winds appeared to be keeping the slick offshore, the company said it was responsible for stopping the leak and handling any environmental damage.

By Ashley Powers and Louis Sahagun, May 4, 2010

Reporting from Louisiana, Mississippi and
The British oil giant BP LLC, whose deep-water well is gushing hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil daily into the Gulf of Mexico, said Monday that it was "absolutely responsible" for stopping the leak, cleaning up the oil and any resulting environmental damage.

"This is not our accident, but it's our responsibility," BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward said in a round of news media appearances. "And where there are legitimate claims for business interruption, we will make them good."

The oil spill, which occurred at a well 50 miles offshore and a mile beneath the surface, continued to cover a massive area of the gulf, threatening coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, where work crews had fanned out to install barricades.

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But a change in wind direction Monday appeared to be keeping the slick offshore, and winds were expected to continue blowing out to sea at least through Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in a sign of eroding political support for offshore drilling, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger withdrew his support Monday for a plan to allow new wells to be drilled from an existing platform off the coast of Santa Barbara.

The governor had been a proponent of the Tranquillon Ridge project, which could generate $140 million to help prevent cutbacks in the state parks budget. Despite the governor's support, the project stalled amid opposition from lawmakers and the state Lands Commission, which has jurisdiction over such oil leases.

"You turn on television and you see this enormous disaster. You say to yourself, 'Why would we want to take that risk?' " Schwarzenegger said Monday. "So the risk is just much greater than the money is worth."

Supporters of the project said they were disappointed with Schwarzenegger's announcement, which throws the plan into limbo.

In the gulf, BP took pains Monday to highlight the furious efforts it was making to stop the leak and battle the oil pouring into the ocean at the rate of at least 200,000 gallons a day.

Hayward said the company had deployed "an enormous operation on the surface to contain" the spill. Among those efforts was the use of cargo planes to spray chemical dispersants on the oil slick. Poor weather grounded some planes Monday, however.

Underwater, BP was using robotic submersibles to apply more dispersant, an operation that Hayward said "appear[s] to be having a significant impact."

Crews worked into the night Monday to install a shutoff valve on a piece of broken pipe about 800 feet from the wellhead. If successful, the fix would stop the flow only from one of three leaks; the wellhead leak remains the most serious, however.

Doug Suttles, BP's chief operating officer, said construction on a multistory steel containment system designed to drop over the main leak could be completed as early as Tuesday.

The system, which has never been used at this depth, would collect the oil and pipe it to a collection ship on the surface. Suttles said he hoped to have it "up and operating within a week."

BP also began drilling a relief well late Sunday. That well will bore 18,000 feet below the seabed and eventually intersect with the well causing the blowout. Then, drilling fluid will be injected into the well in hopes of stopping the flow of oil and gas to the surface. That process will probably take up to two months to complete.

Hayward made a distinction between his company's responsibility and that of Transocean Ltd., which operated the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and sank on April 20, triggering the spill. BP leased the rig and had contracted with Transocean to drill the well.

"It was their rig and their equipment that failed, run by their people with their processes," Hayward said. "But our responsibility is the oil, and the responsibility is ours to clean it up. And that's what we're doing."

Transocean, the world's biggest deepwater driller and operator of about 140 rigs, responded with a statement, saying it would "await all the facts before drawing conclusions."

BP, which is self-insured, faces mounting costs for the cleanup.

Fadel Gheit, managing director of oil and gas research for Oppenheimer and Co., said in a note to investors Monday that if BP is able to stop the leak within the next two weeks, "costs could be under $1 billion. If all failed until the relief well is completed in 90 days, costs could be significantly higher."

The cost of cleanup for the last major U.S. oil spill, the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, was $3.5 billion.

On land, the potential disaster offshore was threatening a multibillion-dollar tourist industry, stretching from the sports fishing camps in Louisiana eastward to Mississippi casinos and beaches in Alabama and Florida. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist expanded a state of emergency to 19 counties, from the Panhandle to the southwest part of the state.

Louisiana estimates the economic impact of fishing tourism alone in the state at $757 million, and it is responsible for nearly 10,000 jobs. Many charter companies had just completed preparations for the busy summer season.

"Every customer we've got on a boat now through July has called and wanted to cancel," said Josh Howard, 28, who owns Deep South Charters Inc. in Venice, La. "It's really putting a hurt on us."

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A similar story was unfolding on tiny Ship Island, 12 miles from Gulfport, Miss., where Louis Skrmetta caters to weekend visitors to the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Only a few days ago, Skrmetta had his tourist concession ready for the summer onslaught of visitors — about 1,200 a day on an average weekend day. But on Monday, he and a crew were unplugging nacho cheese machines and storing the umbrellas and beach chairs. The customers had disappeared, and 70 school groups had cancelled trips.

"We are wiped out — this could bankrupt me," Skrmetta said. Although no oil had washed ashore there, his crew had found a northern gannet, its head covered in oil, that was unable to fly.

In Alabama, Gov. Bob Riley called out the National Guard to shore up beaches and lay booms to defend Dauphin Island against the anticipated arrival of the oil. Guardsmen strung out lines of orange boom and deployed special barriers that harden as they absorb oil.

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Old 05-04-2010, 10:27 AM
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Market value of companies in Gulf rig disaster tumbles as shares decline and spill spreads

DENVER (AP) — The companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico rig disaster have lost billions of dollars in market capitalization since the explosion and sinking that sent a massive oil spill toward the Gulf Coast.

BP's market capitalization declined to $157.13 billion Monday from about $189.3 billion on April 20.

The market value for oil services company Halliburton fell to $28.42 billion from about $30.16 billion. Transocean Ltd., which operated the Deepwater Horizon rig, saw market cap decline to $23.45 billion from $29.6 billion.

Cameron International Corp., maker of a fail-safe device on the well intended to prevent spills, dropped to $9.97 billion from $11.23 billion in market value.

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BP PLC, which owns a majority interest in the oil well, said it will pay compensation for "legitimate and objectively verifiable" claims for property damage, personal injury and commercial losses.

President Barack Obama and the attorneys general of five Gulf states have asked the company to explain what that means.

On ABC's "Good Morning America," BP CEO Tony Hayward said the company is responsible for the cleanup and the oil but not for the accident.

Halliburton has said it provided a variety of services, including cementing, on the rig. Cementing is a method of capping a well to control pressure from oil and gas beneath the seabed. A number of lawsuits have been filed claiming Halliburton Inc. improperly capped the well. Halliburton has denied that.

Cameron said it has $500 million in liability insurance for legal claims and has been named in several lawsuits. It said it cannot predict if it has liability for the accident.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., which has a 25 percent non-operating interest in the rig, watched its valuation decline to $31.54 billion from $36.4 billion.

Shares of BP closed down $1.96, or 3.8 percent, to $50.19 after falling to $47.35 earlier in the day.

Halliburton shares rose 74 cents, or 2.4 percent, to close at $31.39; Cameron closed up $1.31, or 3.3 percent, at $40.77, and Transocean rose 59 cents to close at $72.91.

Anadarko shares rose $1.87 cents to close at $64.03.,2859880.story

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Old 05-04-2010, 11:12 AM
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Angry This Is The Worst Spill In History, With No Solution

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Call me cynical, but by the time B.P or whoever can't wriggle out of the blame has to go to court, they will have done enough lobbying that they'll be passed to a court that has favourable judges and will either quash or greatly reduce the compensation they have to pay, similar to the Exxon Valdez compensation, money talks.

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Having Experienced The After Effects Of The Exxon Valdez First Hand When I Lived In The Pacific North West , Can I Tell You That The Ecological Damage Was Immense And To This Day , Recovery Is Still In Process.
All The Dead Bald Eagles , Salmon, Shellfish , Tourism. The List Goes On.
The Alcohol Induced Accident Was Just Hushed ( Just Like The Canadian Forces Dumping All Of It's Mustard Gas And Other Biological Weapons 50 Miles Off The Coast Of Vancouver Island , Whose Drums Started Rupturing In 1988
The Sea Can Heal Itself In Some Situations , But In This Case We Have An Environmental Nightmare On Our Hands.
Already Rumours Of North Korean Involvement ( Terrorism)Have Surfaced On Other Sites
Total Baloney, I.M.O
The U.S Has Hoarded It's Oil Reserves For A Long Time Now ( Even Filling The Tank Used To Film The Abyss ) And Has Unlimited Supply From North Of The Border.
This Disaster Will Do To B.P The Same As The Pan-Am , Lockerbie Incident ;
What A Disaster, Unprecedented
Maybe Nostradamus Was Right About 2112
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:44 AM
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BP gives Congress gloomy outlook on gulf oil spill

In the worst case, the disaster could grow at 12 times the rate of current estimates, BP officials say at a Capitol Hill briefing.

BP officials Tuesday told congressional representatives that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could grow at a rate more than 10 times current estimates in a worst-case scenario — greatly enlarging the potential scope of the disaster.
Most of the handful of congressional Democrats and Republicans who met with representatives from BP, Transocean Ltd. and Halliburton in a closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill walked away unimpressed.

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A source who attended the meeting said that the companies' representatives had a "deer in headlights" look and that the tenor of the conversation was that the firms "are attempting to solve a problem which they have never had to solve before at this depth…at this scope of disaster. They essentially said as much."
"What we heard was worst-case scenario, with no good solutions," said the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the meeting.
Officials have estimated that the leak is gushing oil at a rate of 5,000 barrels a day. But if things go badly, representatives for the companies worried that that figure could turn into 60,000 barrels a day, or 2.5 million gallons. Just four days at that rate would exceed the amount of oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez off Alaska, the worst spill in U.S. history.
The gloomy acknowledgment came on a day when calm winds allowed more boats to attack the spill and slowed the progress of the plume, which extends in a ragged pattern from the coast of Louisiana to offshore Pensacola, Fla.
Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry, commanding officer of the guard's District 8 in New Orleans, said the best guess was that the slick remained at least 20 miles off the coast. BP officials said they were forecasting that the oil would not make landfall for three more days. But Lyle Panepinto, a seaplane pilot in Louisiana, said he saw a band of oil about 10 feet wide and several miles long circling the north end of Chandeleur Island about 50 yards from the beach.
Alabama Gov. Bob Riley said that if the weather holds, "we are going to be in pretty good shape here.…It's a great thing that we have a few more days now to make sure we get all of the booms and barriers in place.…It's going up very, very rapidly."
Tests on new spill samples indicated that the oil is typical Louisiana sweet crude, a light oil that can be either burned or readily dispersed, aiding cleanup efforts.
But like a wild animal eluding capture, the spill was unpredictable, its path and harm to the environment dependent on unknowns, including whether the so-called Loop Current could drag it below the tip of Florida — a nightmare scenario for the Keys and Everglades.

The rest of the Gulf Coast remained tense, making preparations for landfall. "We are facing a hovering menace out there that keeps changing shape and size by the hour," said Dan Turner, a spokesman for Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. "But we don't really know what to expect. If it hits, will it be a sheen of microscopic globules, or will it be tar balls washing up on the beaches?"
Meanwhile, Pensacola attorney Mike Papantonio said his legal team had heard a number of allegations about circumstances surrounding the deadly April 20 oil rig explosion 50 miles off the coast, which left 11 people missing and presumed dead.
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Papantonio filed a class-action negligence lawsuit Friday that named as defendants Transocean, BP and Halliburton, the company that worked to seal the well with cement, as well as one other company.
Papantonio said employees of the defendants have alleged that the rig was drilling deeper than the approximately 20,000 feet allowed by its federal permit and that BP failed to install a "deep-hole safety valve" that could have cut off the flow of oil after an accident.
Workers have said the concrete seal was not properly formed and allowed pressurized natural gas to shoot up into the rig, where it ignited into an inferno.
But Papantonio also said that these assertions had not been substantiated by his team. "How much of it is valid? We don't know at this point," he said. "But we'll find out."
BP spokesman Andrew Gowers has said that the rig did not drill beyond the 20,211 feet it was allowed to under its permit.
A Halliburton spokeswoman, Cathy Mann, referred to an earlier statement that said the company's cement slurry design was "consistent with that utilized in other similar applications."
Guy Cantwell, a Transocean spokesman, noted that an investigation of the explosion is ongoing. "We will await all the facts before drawing conclusions," he said. "We will not speculate."

BP crews were working on several fronts to try to stanch three leaks at the sea floor nearly a mile below the surface: installing a new valve on a ruptured pipe, and preparing to lower a box-like coffer dam

over a broken mechanism atop the gushing wellhead.
If the slick remains out in the gulf, natural processes including evaporation and microbial activity will start to disperse it, said geochemist Christopher Reddy, head of the Coastal Ocean Institute at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.
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"For all practical purposes, oil is butter to microbes," Reddy said. But even in the best-case scenario, "they aren't going to eat every last drop of oil," he said.
In a blog post Tuesday, White House officials said they supported raising the cap on oil company spill liability to $10 billion as part of a comprehensive energy bill.
"BP is responsible for — and will be held accountable for — all of the very significant cleanup and containment costs. They will pay for the mess they've made," White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer wrote, adding later: "The bottom line is that the administration will aggressively pursue compensation from BP for any damages from this spill.",776164.story

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New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) -- With a damaged undersea well still spewing crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, one of Louisiana's coastal parishes is preparing to launch a major plan to help with the cleanup effort.
Nestled in the barrier islands, Plaquemines Parish on Wednesday will deploy a "jack up" boat and organize the distribution of inflatable booms. The vessels are used to hold down boom and can serve as staging areas for distribution, water sampling and mapping.
Gov. Bobby Jindal will be at the parish in the evening to tour the boat before its departure. The plan aims to protect the waterways, oyster beds, breeding grounds and marshlands of Plaquemines Parish.
Meanwhile, winds that had complicated efforts to fight the spill died down Tuesday, making cleanup work easier, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry said.
"It's a gift of a little bit of time," she told reporters. "But I'm not resting."
The spill threatens wildlife, beaches and livelihoods along the Gulf Coast. Federal officials have banned fishing in the affected area until at least May 12, curtailing a commercial seafood industry that brings in about $2.4 billion to the region every year.
The leading edge of the slick was reported to be lapping at the edge of Louisiana's Chandeleur Islands early Tuesday, according to Jindal.

"Let's make no mistake about what's at stake here. This is our very way of life," Jindal said. "This is our fishing communities, these are some of our coastal communities. We're talking about keeping this oil out of our fragile wetlands."
But as of mid-afternoon Tuesday, no oil had been found washed up on the islands, said Doug Suttles, chief operating officer for BP, which owns the damaged well.
"To give you a sense of our ability to respond, we launched 22 vessels," Suttles said at a news conference in Mobile, Alabama. Twelve of those vessels were shrimp boats whose skippers have volunteered to assist the cleanup, he said.
"They've been in the area ever since trying to locate that oil and make sure it actually doesn't reach shore," Suttles said.
The edge of the slick was reported to be about 20 miles off the Mississippi Coast, and Landry said it was about 30 miles off the shores of Alabama. Suttles said BP workers expected to close off one of the three leaking points Tuesday, but added, "I don't believe that will change the total amount of oil that will be leaked."
Stephen Herbert, chef and owner of Abita Springs Cafe on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, said the potential impact was "tremendous." But Herbert, who holds a degree in fish biology and lived in the marshes for 10 years before entering the restaurant business, expressed surprise that the story has become a national one.
"I'm really astounded that the rest of the people in the United States really give a flip about this," he said. Louisiana's coastal marshlands have been shrinking at the rate of two football fields a day for a quarter-century, he said, "and nobody gave a flip about that."
Herbert's 16-table restaurant, located 25 miles from New Orleans, specializes in Cajun food, and at least half of his orders are for meals that contain fish. In anticipation of rising prices, he ordered an extra gallon of shucked oysters and another case of shrimp, but that was all his refrigerators could store, the 56-year-old restaurateur said.
The estimated 210,000-gallon-per-day flow of oil from the damaged well continued unabated Tuesday, 12 days after the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon sank off Louisiana. The break in the winds kept the slick from advancing much toward the coast, but Jindal said the weather is expected to turn unfavorably Thursday.
The first oil was not expected to reach the shores of the U.S. mainland until week's end, Suttles said.
As owner of the well, BP is responsible for the cleanup and its costs. It blames Transocean, which it hired to drill the well, for the failure of a critical piece of equipment that was designed to shut off the well in case of emergency.
Across the Gulf Coast, emergency workers and volunteers helped string boom across inlets and beaches in an attempt to fend off any advancing oil. Chocolate-colored streaks of oily water could be seen off Dauphin Island, on the Alabama coast. Crew boats that normally supply oil wells were laying boom around Ship Island, off the shores of Mississippi and about 10 miles north of the spill's leading edge.
But Capt. Louis Skrmetta, who runs excursions out to the Mississippi Sound barrier islands, said efforts to protect the islands and waterways were inadequate. He said Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who called the spill "a manageable problem" Monday, was doing less to combat the oncoming slick that his counterparts in Alabama and Louisiana.
"The governor's leaving it up to BP. They're just not doing enough," Skrmetta told CNN.
BP hopes to place a four-story-high metal container over part of the leaking drill pipe, a step it says could corral about 80 percent of the leaking oil. The oil would then be pumped to a drill ship on the surface.
Suttles said the 70-ton box could be ferried out to the site of the leak by midnight Wednesday, but it will take another two days to place the device on the seabed. Then it must be connected to the drill ship.
"Hopefully, we'll be operational within about six days," he said.
Hundreds of thousands of feet of boom have been strung around the estuaries of southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and far western Florida in recent days. But an aerial tour conducted by the Coast Guard on Tuesday showed some have given way, and high winds in recent days have driven oil past others.
The Deepwater Horizon caught fire April 20 and burned for two days before sinking, with 11 workers presumed dead.
Executives from BP and Transocean Ltd., looked "like deer in the headlights" when they briefed members of the House Energy and Environment committee about the accident and response on Tuesday, said Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas.
Barton is a strong supporter of offshore drilling, and told reporters he didn't want the accident to reverse support for more exploration off the U.S. coasts. But he said he had hoped for "more concrete" answers from the oilmen.
"I have concerns in this particular case about the attention to safety, the attention to maintenance, the attention to using best available control technology and best monitoring practices," Barton said.
Rep. Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts, said the situation could get dramatically worse.
"One of the questions which I asked was what would happen if a worst-case scenario did unfold?" he told reporters after the hearing. "I was told that the amount of oil per day could actually rise from 5,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil a day, although in a worst-case scenario, the most likely number was in the 40,000 barrel range, which only reinforces the necessity of us acting as quickly as possible, for BP and all responsible, for shutting off this catastrophic leak of oil."
But Dave Nagel, the executive vice president of BP America, said the company is "doing everything we can to respond to this incident."
"That's our complete focus right now -- to stop the leak at the scene, to disperse the oil the best we can and protect the beaches and mitigate the impact," he said. "That's what we're doing."
That may not be enough to satisfy lawmakers, said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida. "Privately, I've gone up to some senators who have been for drilling and I have sarcastically said to them, in a whisper, 'Drill, baby, drill,' and they roll their eyes as if in mock horror at the possibilities of what could happen as a result of this disaster."
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Old 05-05-2010, 02:52 PM
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Default Lazy Americans need to toughen up

Exxon still hasn't paid for the Valdez clean up and enviromental impact and they probably never will. Exxon is the largest corporation in the world.They have plenty of money.
Americans like to drive up to the pump,flash their speed pass,and be on their rushing way as quickly as possible.
We can't expect to be catered to w/o it having a negative impact somewhere.Whether its the family living below the poverty level who's doing the top 2% of the populations dirty work and barely surviving to flicking a butt out the window cuz you don't want your car to smell like butts.
We all play a part..make Earth Day everyday!!
We've proven over and over again we'd rather be catered to no matter the expense...
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I could have have sworn BP stands for British petroleum, but what do I know I'm a lazy American. I understand your dislike of Americans but it should be a dislike of the American government. Yes they were voted in by us (for the most part voted in but that's another debate).
This is a tragedy that could be better handled. I don't have the answers and won't claim to.
There are just as many people outside the US that could care less about the enviroment the we do, as you say.
I currently was just promoted at my work in January. I have managed to decrease my garbage by 50% and in turn now recycle most of what was thrown away. My company which has over 400 stores takes great pride in taking care of the earth. Company wide we are always evaluating better practices to help reduce waste and energy use.
Sorry to bogart this thread but I had to vent.

Most Americans I know hates the practices of our government.
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Budlover and Resinfinger you both have valid points. It is wrong to lump an entire populous together and point the finger in a general manner by calling them lazy. However Americans (I am one) need to sober up and cease the saber rattling and flag waving when we are questioned for the way we live. We need to change the way we live drastically and now. Science offers great hope to many of the worlds problems. Not just U.S. research scientist. If we are going succeed as a species we must all work together like the pismire.
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Old 05-06-2010, 03:55 AM
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(CNN) -- A four-story containment dome is expected to arrive Thursday morning at the site of the Gulf of Mexico's gushing oil well, where BP will attempt to lower the container onto a ruptured deep-water pipe.
"If all goes according to plan, we should begin the process of processing the fluid and stop the spilling to the sea on Monday," said Doug Suttles, BP's chief operating officer.
But he added: "It's very complex, and it will likely have challenges along the way."
The hope is that the container will collect the leaking oil, which would be sucked up to a drill ship on the surface. If the operation is successful, BP plans to deploy a second, smaller dome to deal with a second leak in the ruptured pipe, the company has said.
Getting the large structure into position could take several days, BP said. The technique has never been attempted at the depth of about 5,000 feet underwater, according to Suttles.
BP annouced early Wednesday it had stopped the flow of oil from one of the three existing leak points from the sunken rig, but it was the smallest of the three leaks.
"While this is not expected to affect the overall rate of flow from the well, it is expected to reduce the complexity of the situation being dealt with on the seabed," BP said in a statement.

In the meantime, authorities battled the massive oil spill from the undersea gusher Wednesday as patches of oil crept to within two miles of the Louisiana bayous.
Two specially equipped "burn rigs" set fire to patches of crude oil near the ruptured undersea well at the heart of the spill, a BP executive said Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, thousands of volunteers, wildlife officials, idled fishermen and National Guard troops mobilized to string floating booms along the beaches and across the mouths of estuaries leading toward the Gulf.
The outer sheen of oil was reported to be "very close" to the Chandeleur Islands and the Mississippi River delta in southeastern Louisiana, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry told reporters.
An oyster fisherman spotted a large patch of oil sheen near the border between St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes, about 40 miles southeast of New Orleans, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said.
"It's disturbing, but it's two miles away from shore, so it's not devastating," Nungesser said. He said authorities have conceded that the oil spill will reach the state's barrier islands, but, "we've got to keep it out of the marsh."
Landry said the heavier concentrations of crude remained farther offshore, and the latest predictions from the federal government said the weather would keep it largely stationary for the next three days.
The 72-hour forecast shows winds shifting to the south and blowing about 10 to 15 knots (12-17 mph), which is likely to produce only "a little bit of movement on the fringes," said Charlie Henry of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
"Nothing's changing real fast this week," Henry said.

The oil stretched from Louisiana's Breton and Chandeleur sounds, on the northeast side of the Mississippi Delta, to about 60 miles off Pensacola, Florida, Wednesday afternoon.
The leaking well is spewing an estimated 210,000 gallons (5,000 barrels) of crude into the Gulf every day.
Concern is rising that the oil could kill wildlife and damage livelihoods for thousands in the Gulf states. Parish and state officials in Louisiana have enacted plans to keep the oil out of the marshes at the heart of the state's fishing industry and wildlife habitat.
"If it gets back into the backwaters, into the bayous, that's where we'll kill off the food chain," Nungesser told reporters. "That's where it will devastate southern Louisiana for years to come, and we will lose our heritage in the fishing industry."
The timing of the spill "couldn't be worse for the bird populations in this region," said Ken Rosenberg, a bird expert at Cornell University.
"It's peak nesting season for thousands of brown pelicans, which have just recently come off the endangered species list," he said.
"It's also peak migration season for birds coming to the Gulf of Mexico from Central and South America, he added.
At least two oil-covered birds, one of them a brown pelican, have been found offshore, the National Wildlife Federation reported Tuesday. In addition, the conservation group reported finding a loggerhead turtle, a threatened species, gasping for air in the oil slick about 65 miles off the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, whose Cabinet agency oversees both national parks and offshore oil exploration, visited the scene Wednesday. He told reporters that federal authorities "continue to do everything we can" to keep pressure on BP, which is responsible for the cleanup, and to protect fish and wildlife in the threatened area.
Salazar said the Obama administration remains committed to developing diverse U.S. energy sources, but "there are risks inherent in whatever we do."

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