Feds: Seepage near BP cap is from another well – Disaster in the Gulf – msnbc.com

Seems BP ain’t alone….


Feds: Seepage near BP cap is from another well

‘We’ve found nothing that would be consequential,’ Allen says


WASHINGTON — The federal government’s oil spill chief said Tuesday that seepage detected two miles from BP’s oil cap is coming from another well.
There are two wells within two miles of BP’s blowout, one that has been abandoned and another that is not in production.
There are around 27,000 abandoned wells in the Gulf, and an Associated Press investigation showed this month that they’re not checked for leaks.
Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said at a Tuesday afternoon briefing that five leaks in and around the broken well are more like ‘drips’ and don’t mean the well is unstable. He’s extended testing of the experimental cap by another day, which means the oil will remain shut in.
“We’ve found nothing that would be consequential,” retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said in a news conference, The Times-Picayune reported on its website.
The mechanical cap has stopped the oil since Thursday. But several leaks had caused mounting concern that the cap was displacing pressure and causing leaks deep underground.
If oil is leaking through bedrock and mud, it could cause instability in the sea floor and make the environmental disaster even worse and harder to fix.

Feds: Seepage near BP cap is from another well – Disaster in the Gulf – msnbc.com

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