Sunday, July 18, 2010

Oil Not Contained: "Seeps" Detected

Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen has stated in a letter to BP of concerns about 'seeps' being detected from the ocean floor. This is the first official confirmation that I am aware of that oil is coming from places other than the rise.

This evidence is supportive of Matt Simmons position (see link in post below)

The letter by Allen can be found at the Oil Drum with discussion of its implications

Additional information can be found at Washington's blog, which has also reported information about the "seep"

I found a comment made at the Oil Drum discussion of interest. here it is:
Comment from Levi: "Amazing. I do NOT think that the Thad's "seep" is newly discovered. It's been my contention and belief for months now that BP (and the Govt.) have known since at least June 5th that there is a vent "some distance" from the well site.

That capping the well was a "test" should, thus, be no surprise. Nor should Adm. Allen maintaining that the test would end and "production" resume -- because he knew that there was a leak and it was only a question of how much (more) it would flow if the well was capped. I think Thad, by publicly declaring that a seep has been "detected" (note: he didn't say when it was detected) is calling BP's bluff (or gamble) that shutting the well head will make everything OK, politically, until the relief well(s) execute a successful bottom kill. BP is/was betting that the government has enough reasons to keep existence of said seep from public view.

How far away is Thad's seep? Dunno, but I'll bet that the one that truly matters is about 1.8 miles SSW of the Macondo 252-A site, at a depth of approximately 5770 feet. Because that's where ROV boats like Viking Poseidon and Ocean Intervention were going in early June.

1 comment:

  1. Ever since the Alexander Higgins site showed clear evidence of outside seabed seeps, I have believe the well was fractured as a result of shallow water flows causing well beak due to collapsing sands and then melting of gas hydrates blowing through the very bad cement job the UC Berkeley DHSG Report from July clearly shows. A recent article in Underwater Contractor Sept./Oct. shows more clear evidence of this [see]. This is also published in the 19th August edition of Science magazine.


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