According to a report from BP, the company has suspended oil spill containment measures via the lower marine riser package (LMRP) cap as a precautionary measure.
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On the morning of June 23, the diverter valve on the Discoverer Enterprise drillship experienced an unexpected discharge of liquids. Receiving diverted oil and natural gas that is spilling from the Gulf of Mexico well, the drillship has been located 5,000 feet above the damaged Macondo well on the water's surface.
The LMRP oil spill cap has been removed from the damaged blowout preventer (BOP) while the oil spill team works to analyze the escaped liquids and ensure the safety of the oil spill containment measures.
A week ago, the LMRP cap was temporarily suspended due to a small fire that broke out aboard the drillship because of a lightening strike.
While the secondary oil spill containment effort collecting oil and gas via a choke line and manifold connected to the Q4000 vessel continues, the LMRP oil spill containment measure has been temporarily suspended until the cause of the release of liquids is determined.
After trying multiple solutions to capture oil and natural gas that is escaping from the blown-out Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, the LMRP oil spill cap has been capturing some 15,000 barrels of oil a day, in addition to natural gas. Drilling on the two relief wells continues, and efforts persist to formulate additional oil spill containment solutions.