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Mysterious Seep May Force BP To Open Recently Capped Oil Well

Mysterious Seep May Force BP To Open Recently Capped Oil Well

Just days after BP managed to successfully cap the deepwater oil well that’s been gushing freely into the Gulf of Mexico for almost 3 months, officials are reporting that mysterious seepage is coming up from the seabed a small distance from the busted oil well.

Although Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen made no comment about what the seep may be, it’s feared that there is a leak elsewhere in the wellbore, meaning the cap may have to be reopened to prevent the environmental disaster from becoming even worse and harder to fix (Associated Press).

BP tested pressure in the well as soon as the current capping mechanism was installed, but levels were strangely lower than expected, leading many to fear that additional leaks were allowing the oil to escape.

Some fear that the seepage may be methane escaping through cracks in the seafloor, and despite a strongly worded letter from Adm. Thad Allen, BP is currently ignorning government requests to increasing monitoring in the area.

“When seeps are detected, you are directed to marshal resources, quickly investigate, and report findings to the government in no more than four hours. I direct you to provide me a written procedure for opening the choke valve as quickly as possible without damaging the well should hydrocarbon seepage near the well head be confirmed,” Allen said in a letter to BP Managing Director Bob Dudley.

Reopening the recently placed capping mechanism to release pressure will allow oil to flow freely into the already decimated coastal waters for at least three more days.

Once again, disagreements between BP and the government have many in the Gulf (and around the nation) wondering who’s really in charge.

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2:00PM PDT on Aug 8, 2010

In order for BP and other oil companies to stop driling off shore or elsewhere, WE have to take a stand and STOP using oil and all oil based products. If EACH and EVERY one of us would start TAKING A STAND, they would go out of business and sustainable forms of energy would miraculously be allowed to be used, for ex. the air car...(google)

11:03PM PDT on Jul 23, 2010

Maybe it's time to think again about to explode a bomb beneath the sea floor ...

2:46AM PDT on Jul 23, 2010

BP owe it to the World to investigate this they caused it they cure it and they clean it up, no cutting corners as that's how they got in this mess in the first place
All Oil companies should be made to clean up the enviroment after they spill it no matter how small or large the spill enough is enough guys you've been caught wanting perhaps some of your profits should go into a cleanup fund made law by the United nations and backed up the US who are by far the biggest polluters of this planet

3:49PM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

so there it is ...

2:10PM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

That is why there should be no drilling in the water, because once it bursts it is very hard to contain . There should be no drilling at all, but for the moment , keep it on land where you can stop it if it blows .

12:15PM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

The government would not tolerate these actions from a smaller company. BP and the other large oil companies do what they want. This has now been proven....it is time to hold them accountable. Are they above the government? We can not let this go. Keep reading and signing and talking about it.

11:02AM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

This is a natural disaster now of epic proportions. I was walking around washington square park yesterday when a pamphlet was stuck in my hand. There are alternatives available. Switch to GREEN MOUNTAIN ENERGY NOW and stop supporting fossil fuel consumption. Contact Green Mountain Energy, a clean energy provider and switch from Con-Ed gas and electric. You can opt for a green future NOW!

9:52AM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

thank you for sharing!

8:58AM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

They have no choice but to reopen the cap. They must solve this problem 100% and not just 95%.
It's a heart breaker but they really have no other choice.

8:45AM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

noted

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