Smoking gun: BP oil STILL spilling into the Gulf of Mexico

  • Published on October 11th, 2012

BP oil rig on fire

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… the Coast Guard has confirmed that oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon/Macando well is still leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.

More than two years after the worst oil spill in US history, BP has still not been able to stop the bleeding.

As New Orleans attorney Stuart H Smith notes at his blog:

 Let’s cut through the bureaucrat-ese and ponder the major significance of this news. It means that after two-and-a-half years, after spending some $14 billion on cleaning up the Gulf shoreline and with billions more due in compensation, after all those ads that you’ve seen on TV telling you that everything along the coast is better than ever….BP is continuing to foul the natural splendor of the Gulf with its dirty crude oil.

Why is this happening? The Coast Guard release is merely speculating when it says  this “could be residual oil associated with wreckage and/or debris left on the seabed from the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010.” That is the most benign scenario. The website also offers a new report on the leak thismorning that looks at the possible causes  in greater detail, including speculation that oil that was dispersed by toxic chemicals in 2010 is reappearing on the surface.

But the more troubling and arguably more likely possibility — which we’ve been reporting on this blog dating back to August 2011 — is that efforts to cap the BP well in 2010 could have created cracks, or fissures, in the floor of the Gulf. That raises the specter of an ongoing spill that is more serious in nature, and more difficult to contain and clean-up.

Keep this in mind when you hear Shell Oil claim it has a cleanup plan for its proposed Arctic drilling.

If they can’t keep it under control a few miles off the Gulf coast, how the hell are they supposed to be able to deal with a blow-out 10,000 miles away in the high arctic?



About the Author

Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.


  • Correction, the Smoking Gun was accidently listed as the publisher…Red, Green and Blue is the publication. My sincerest apologies to the Smoking Gun. Please substitute Red, Green, and Blue for Smoking Gun.

  • Just a quick note. Sadly, I think that for the Smokling Gun, the article is poorly written. Contrary to the headline, the article does not provide any substantive proof that the supposedly capped BP well is leaking. It also does not mention that there are a number of natural fissures in the Gulf seafloor that have existed for eons nor does it try to seriously take into account the oil that still exists from the original spill. Sadly there is a strong bias in the article in its attempt to link BP’s disaster with the Shell’s Arctic exploration. I am a forty year resident of Alaska. I am very tired of all of the outsiders who think they know better than the Alaskan locals as to what is best for Alaska. In particular we have a number of outside environmental groups who think they can do a better job of managing Alaska than Alaskans. If you think Alaskans are just mousy pushovers who don’t care anything about the environment take a look at the fight inside of the State over the Pebble Mine project. BP through its own actions in Alaska does not presently have the greatest fan base in Alaska but it appears that Shell is trying to do all of the right things – admitedly with some of it forced upon them…I had better stop now as I could rant onward at great length. I just wanted to point out that at least for myself, the Smoking Gun’s creditbility has been damaged by this article.

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