New "Capping Sack" Containment System
U.S Coast GuardAt the Administration's direction, BP continues its "capping stack" procedure?designed to capture even greater quantities of oil than the current "top hat" system. In anticipation of increased oil flow following the removal of the top hat containment device, skimmers were surged to the well site?allowing crews to take advantage of good weather conditions and skim an estimated 25,500 barrels of oily water, double the amount collected the previous day.
Currently, 46 skimmers are operating in the vicinity of the well, in addition to more than 570 skimmers deployed to protect coastlines as part of the largest oil spill response in U.S. history.
BP also is in the process of connecting a third vessel, the Helix Producer, which will increase collection capacity to an estimated 53,000 barrels per day by bringing up additional oil up through the kill line?a redundancy measure also taken at the administration's direction.
Throughout this response, the federal government has directed BP to develop more detailed plans, create redundancy measures in case those plans fail, and apply additional resources to the largest response to an oil spill in our nation's history.