BP Claims Cap Is Working While Second Oil Leak Spills Silently Into Gulf

Throughout all five weeks that crude oil has been flowing freely into the Gulf of Mexico, there have been allegations, some fairly well substantiated, that BP isn’t being totally transparent about the extent of the catastrophe.

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It’s taken weeks to get an accurate idea of how many barrels of oil a day are leaking from remnants of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform. A key government panel now estimates around 12,000 – 25,000 barrels are leaking from the bottom of the sea each day, dwarfing BP’s initial claims of 2,000 -5,000 barrels a day.

Although BP crews have finally managed to place a cap over a portion of the broken well-head, scientists are convinced that statements about capturing the majority of the leaking oil will be quickly disproven.

“BP is claiming they’re capturing the majority of the flow, which I think is going to be proven wrong in short order,” team member and Purdue University engineering professor Steve Wereley told the Associated Press. “Why don’t they show the American public the before-and-after shots?”

According to the government’s leading official on the scene, Admiral Thad Allen, the cap put on the ruptured well last week collected about 620,000 gallons of oil on Monday and another 330,000 from midnight to noon on Tuesday, funneling it to a ship at the surface. If this were an accurate account, it would mean the cap was successful in containing at least half of the gushing oil.

At least, the oil from leak Number 1.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Interior have now confirmed a second offshore oil rig has been leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico just ten miles off the coast of southern Louisiana. The second rig has been identified as an old production platform site that was destroyed by a subsurface mudslide in 2004, and is operated by privately held oil exploration company Taylor Energy.

Thankfully, News Junkie reports that the volume of crude oil being released in the second location is much less than that of the Deepwater Horizon, although a 10-mile-long oil slick has been detected in satelite images gathered by Skytruth.org, which first reported the leak on its website May 15.

CNBC reported that Taylor has subsequently deployed three subsurface containment domes at the site.


Find full Care2 Coverage of the Spill here.

Image Credit: deepwaterhorizonresponse - U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ens. Michael P. McGrew.


Chien Chao
Chien Chao8 years ago


Forrest T.
Forrest T.8 years ago

BP is such a joke… they should all be arrested along with the US govt. How long ago did they cap the leak? And how many legitimate claims are still “pending” from damages they suffered back in the beginning of the summer? I happen to know three people that were affected directly by BP’s shady PR tactics and manipulation of our laws, one of whom was a journalist who was almost arrested and charged with felonies for taking pictures of oil covered animals near the coast. Not only is it bad enough that thousands of fishers’ lively hoods are ruined for god knows how many years to come, they were paid a pathetic amount of money to clean up BP’s own mess. To add even more insult to injury, BP used Corexit 9527, which contains mainly 2-butoxyethanol, which is very toxic. You wouldn’t have to be a scientist to know that, since in the first week of using it over 70 fisherman ended up at the hospital. Of course if you even inquired about this, I’m sure the govt (which is pretty much owned by oil companies) would deal with you quite quickly, let alone taking pictures of it in an attempt to run a story on it. If you didn’t know already, the govt is doing what they do best… crapping on the 1st amendment: naturalnews.com/029130_Gulf_of_Mexico_censorship.html. My friend who almost got arrested on felony char

Dave Conway
Dave Conway8 years ago

Yes this is terrible. We all need to take responsibility for these man made disasters because we create the demand for the oil. We need to stop driving, stop heating our homes, schools and shopping malls with oil or gas, stop using electricity to light our homes, schools and shopping malls. Stop buying any processed foods, stop buying anything made from petroleum including all plastic products. Shut down all of our factories and offices, stop building and supporting a military, shut down the airports and go back to the pre-dawn the dawn of the industrial reveloution and once again become an agrerian sociiety we will eliminate our insatiable appetite for oil, and as US citizens we can all feeel good again. Untill, we chop down ALL of the trees to heat our homes, live in the dark, freeze, starve and of course be taken over by any number of aggressive countries because we can't support an army. Meanwhile, China and europe will continue to use more oi and waste more resources than the US... but we can feel better about ourselves in our dark little huts freezing and starving, enslaved by a foreign nation. Any one who posts complaints about BP or the US or any oil producing company is a hypocrite, because we create the demand for oil. Just like every other nation on earth. So unless you live in a hut in the woods you don't have the right to complain And if you do, you wouldn't have the electricity to run a computer.

neil a.
Neil A8 years ago

As Andrea M. says
Horrible and the worst is that the US may be responsible for ruining much of the world's oceans. Makes me ashamed to admit being an American. Well not you personally I hope but so many USAans are totally wasteful, at least the bacteria will gradually feed on the oil & eventually remove it but not before so much wild life is killed, however what may be worse is the other damages US companies are doing ie Monsanto with its GM & poisonous chemicals, long may Europe resist this.

beverly g.
beverly g.8 years ago

They are destroying the WORLD>

beverly g.
beverly g.8 years ago

terrible. words fail me.... to let it get ot this state all bcos of mans greed. them poor , poor creatures and animals. its so saddening and sickening.

Colleen Maranda
Colleen B8 years ago

One member says, "Those who continue to profit from oil drilling should be ashamed." What about us, the majority, who provide them their profits - should we also be ashamed?

Maybe when a majority of people recognise our personal role in this and every sad state of the world, true recovery can begin.

Andrea M.
Andrea M8 years ago

Horrible and the worst is that the US may be responsible for ruining much of the world's oceans. Makes me ashamed to admit being an American.

Crystal B.
Crystal B8 years ago

There is so much CYA going on it makes me sick !! More time needs to be spent on saving our environment, food source, jobs, and wildlife. A viable solution needs to be implemented not these patch jobs that don't work. Why don't all these companies that drill like this have to have an emergency plan already in place? Why scramble after the fact to figure out how to stop it? If they drill shouldn't they already know how to deal with the consequences?!?

Koo J.
greenplanet e8 years ago

Deepwater drilling should not be happening if oil companies don't have the technology and know-how to prevent and stop leaks.

This is disasterous.