Is There a Leak? BP STILL Dragging Feet on Monitoring their Busted Well

  • Published on July 19th, 2010

(From Late Sunday, Incident Commander Thad Allen notified  BP  that seepage had been detected in the ocean floor near the well. It could be a leak from the sub-surface portion of the Deepwater Horizon/Macondo well, which would mean the cap – currently in a testing phase – would not be able to keep holding pressure.

He ordered BP to provide an updated action plan in the event the cap has to be released at short notice. “While we are pleased that no oil is currently being released into the Gulf of Mexico,” he said in a statement, “and want to take all appropriate action to keep it that way, it is important that all decisions are driven by the science. Ultimately, we must ensure no irreversible damage is done which could cause uncontrolled leakage from numerous points on the sea floor.”

Everyone’s worst nightmare would be having oil burst through the sub-surface portion of the well, causing leaks into the ocean that would be impossible to control.

An unnamed government official told the AP they weren’t yet sure what was seeping, but there were signs of methane.

The official said BP is not complying with the government’s demand for more monitoring. BP spokesman Mark Salt declined to comment on the allegation, but said “we continue to work very closely with all government scientists on this.”

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