CBS: Oil may be seeping from Deepwater Horizon site — Coast Guard cancels interview — “My concern is that substantial amounts of oil could still be leaking” -Congressman (VIDEO)

Published: December 13th, 2012 at 10:54 am ET


Title: Oil may be seeping from Deepwater Horizon site
Source: CBS News
Author: Sharyl Attkisson
Date: Dec 13, 2012

CBS News has learned that BP is set to embark Thursday on the fifth day of a little-known subsea mission under Coast Guard supervision to look for any new oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

[…] more oil continues to surface. Slicks and sheens of varying sizes and shapes have been documented by satellite photos, as well as aerial video recorded by the non-profit environmental group “On Wings of Care.” […]

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., helped lead the original investigation of BP after the Deepwater Horizon exploded, and says it’s deja vu: BP is not turning over videos and information requested by Congress.

“My concern is that substantial amounts of oil could still be leaking from the wreckage,” Markey told CBS News.

Markey says BP is now repeating its stonewalling behavior of two years ago. For more than two months, Markey and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., have been asking BP for underwater video and information such as the size of the slicks and how much oil could be trapped, but BP has said it will not provide the information due to pending investigations and litigation. […]

The Coast Guard canceled an interview with CBS News at the last minute on Wednesday. BP also declined to be interviewed but told us in a statement, “The Macondo well and its associated relief wells are secure.” BP also says it will work with the Coast Guard “on any further steps, as needed, to address the results” of this week’s survey of the wells and wreckage where oil from 2010 could still be trapped.

Once again, the actual concerns are not addressed by media or elected representatives. It is not about whether the “Macondo well and its associated relief wells are secure”, but whether oil and gas is seeping from fissures or cracks in the seafloor which may have been caused during the initial blowout or the many attempts to cap the well.

See also: [intlink id=”newspaper-new-oil-spotted-by-bp-disaster-site-in-gulf-pilot-concern-its-from-new-cracks-caused-by-deepwater-horizon-explosion-photos” type=”post”]”The concern we probably all share is that this does not appear to be from a previously existing or at least previously documented natural seep, and therefore if this is not still residual oil from leaking hardware after 30+ months, then is it coming from some new cracks caused by the Deepwater Horizon explosion?” (VIDEO)[/intlink]

Published: December 13th, 2012 at 10:54 am ET


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28 comments to CBS: Oil may be seeping from Deepwater Horizon site — Coast Guard cancels interview — “My concern is that substantial amounts of oil could still be leaking” -Congressman (VIDEO)

  • SlickVick

    More reports, on this. Sadly, nobody seems alarmed. Even the maritime industry news is reporting it…

    <a href="">Possible Oil Still Seeping from BP well</a>

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    This is Bullshit.. BP, should be thrown in jail, all execs and board members, until the requested information is made available.. Confiscate bank accounts.. that will get their attention.

    Again, get rid of foreign corporations within our Natural resources.. pass laws that only us corps can take our natural resources and, like Alaska, set up funds for each and every one of us. These resources belong to the us taxpayer and should not be sold for profit by foreign corps.. they don't care about the mess they make, and will just go home when they do screw up..(much like US corps do in other lands)

    We have Australian corps drilling the salt dome that is collapsing.. we have British corp that fractured the sea floor, want to have mox plant blow up due to the French and Areva?

    Thank God we have someone like Rep. Ed Markey to say something.. imagine we didn't even have him.. geez.. pathetic. sorry for the rant.. sorta..

    • sentinelle sentinelle

      Rant justified Cataclysmic!

      The sad thing is the control and monopoly that BP has on this! And it's not their gulf!

      It seems that the only people that own/operate/have the equipment to clear up the mess is the same people that make the mess or their subsidiaries. I've read there's more profit in clean up than there is in the production of the well.

      If our government has no control and there's profit making in messes then we can say good-bye to any recovery of the gulf.

      Our government needs to quit pretending they're on top of this and acknowledge they are at the mercy of another country's company. BP has just hooked up with Russia in their oil business and Russian subs were in our waters off the gulf just a few weeks ago.

      For these elected officials to show they are powerless is astounding and downright frightening!

      Who is in charge?

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      Apology accepted, fellow rantologist. Have to point out something on the Australian thing, though.

      The Aussie penny-stock scam just got the seismic survey rights and started reinterpreting data (meaning they didn't find much the first time).

      They sold off most of the production rights to Houston, TX-based Petrodome. That would be the David Houston managed Bosarge clan holdings – Petrodome, Southport and Xtreme. Petrodome mostly manages dome storage as the name implies. They have the Spindletop domes a stone's throw South of Mark. Looks like they want to start investing in production.

      Texas Brine operates a couple dozen brine mining and cavern storage ops, but they're pretty small. I think they only exist to skirt some U.S.-owned company requirement for Bayer related to the SPR or salt domes. Maybe it's just a legal trick to avoid getting BP'ed in case something happens.

      At any rate, a tiny Aussie company is just a sideshow. The real money backing Napoleonville drilling for now is Petrodome.

      • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

        yes, they still own almost 40% of Napolenville and 40% dugas leblanc..and were indeed "testing" big hum..

        "Grand Gulf Energy Limited is an Australia-based company engaged in the exploration and evaluation of oil and gas leases. The Company has an average of 39.5% working interest in the Napoleonville Salt Dome. During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011 (fiscal 2011), the Company's project portfolio included Thibodeaux #1, La Posada Prospect, SL 19706 #1 Abita Prospect, Pruitt et al #1 Well, Lyons Prospect, West Klondike Prospect, Napoleonville Salt Dome project and Dugas & Leblanc #3 (39.4% WI, non operator). The Company has a 34.5% interest in the Napoleonville Salt Dome project in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. The Napoleonville Salt Dome has historically produced some 188 billion cubic feet of gas and 20 million barrels of oil. Its controlled entities include Grand Gulf Operating Inc, Alto Energy Limited, GG Oil & Gas 1, INC, GG Oil & Gas 2, INC and GG Oil & Gas, INC." and I know they are in current drilling mode..


        • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

          "Oil and gas exploration and production company Golden Gate Petroleum (ASX: GGP) has updated progress on the initial three well programme at the Napoleonville Salt Dome located in Louisiana with drilling expected to commence within the next two weeks at the first well.

          At the Dugas & Leblanc #1 Well the conductor has been set and the water well drilled. The rig will be released next week and will be directly mobilized to the site.

          The Dugas & Leblanc #1 Well is testing the Big Hum and Operc Sands with an amplitude anomaly targeting 1.2 MMBO and 3 BCF gas. If the well is successful Golden Gate expects initial flow rates to be around the 200+ barrels of oil per day and 1,000 MCF per day.

          Golden Gate’s share of drill hole and completion costs is US$189,000 and US$129,000 respectively.

          At Well #2 preparations are well advanced and the spud date is anticipated to be mid to late July. The second well is testing the Operc C and Cris R III Sands as primary objectives with 300,000 barrels and 1.2 BCF of gas classified as a PUD with further upside in secondary exploration objectives in the Marg A and Cris R I of 300,000 barrels of oil and 1.2 BCF of gas.

          If the well is successful the company expects initial flow rates to be around the 200+ barrels of oil per day and 500 MCF per day. Total dry hole costs are estimated at US$900,000 and GGP’s share is US$207,000."


          • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

            The third well is testing a primary objective in the Big Hum sand with 5 BCF classified as a PUD and targeting further exploration upside objectives in the Tex W of 100,000 barrels oil.

            Initial flow rates are expected to be around the 5,000 MCF per day and 100+ barrels of oil per day if the well is successful. Total dry hole costs are estimated at US$800,000 and GGP’s share is US$184,000.

            Steve Graves, managing director, said the company is supporting efforts to convert existing leads at the Napoleonville Salt Dome into drillable prospects and will be the operator for the second and third wells.

            Partners in the Dugas & Leblanc #1 Well are: Grand Gulf Energy Ltd (ASX: GGE) 39.50% WI, Golden Gate Petroleum Ltd (ASX: GGP) 15.00% WI and other partners 45.50% WI.


            • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

              Who is WI? Is that the state of Wisconsin?? Been digging, not really liking what I am finding.. among other tidbits.. hmmmm..

              "Wisconsin is the nation’s largest producer of the round silica sand used in oil and gas wells to hold open fractures in the rock so that the fossil fuels can flow out. The natural gas drilling process that uses the sand, known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, faces growing scrutiny as lawmakers and regulators consider increased restrictions because of concerns about tainted drinking water and minor earthquakes linked to fracking."


            • PavewayIII PavewayIII

              These penny-stock oil scams always drown potential victims in conflicting or confusing information. Both of these Aussie outfits (Grand Gulf and Golden Gate) had a big chunk of D&L#1, but smaller and smaller pieces of subsequent wells. They simply don't have the money to drill a well by themselves, nor would they want to. They exist to raise money from other chumps spending as little of their own as possible.

              I'm not sure where I saw Petrodome's interest, but no Aussie penny stock is going to trick a Texas oilman. I would be dollars to donuts that they are already scheming to sell the dream to someone else. There's oil and gas in Napoleonville. It's just not the quality or quantity to be very profitable.

              Bayou Corne, itself, sits on top of at least two plugged and abandoned gas wells according to SONRIS.

    • pcjensen

      second those motions


    Yes, like Mantle Gas and Oil, who has had two well blow outs in two years. One was on the Dugas&Leblanc right next to the Hensarlig Well last year. Petrodome is the one drilling at Hensarling. Grand Gulf has by State decree, the drilling rights to the whole NPLV dome.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Dangerous industries are destroying the planet. And all for no reason.

  • ftlt

    Coast Guard refuses to be interviewed????? SHAME ON THEM!!!!!! They are so dirty after the first go round – one would think, they would jump at the chance to clear this up – UNLESS????

    BP cites "pending litigation" for not showing us (US govt) how much is leaking now… So long as there is pending litigation; it does not matter if there is a current leak or not??? WHAT LEGAL MADNESS IS THIS!?!?!?

    We are living in the Twilight Zone!!!… Don't touch your dial – there is nothing wrong with your TV set…

    • sentinelle sentinelle

      It is madness! The earth thinks so too, my avatar is a screensave of radar doing "The Scream". (it showed up on 4 different radar services, so I'm sure it was there) This is the Twilight Zone! lol

  • pcjensen

    not in here often to know how everyone feels about occasional swearing. 'Coz all I want to say is F*ing D*A*s!

    Who approved all of the EIRs/EISs?

  • The Coast Guard flies out at daylight each and every morning over the Gulf . They refuse to be interviewed because they know the extent of these oil sheens .
    This I personally know since I just left the St Petersburg / Tampa Bay area in earlyOctober . I was there when the Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred .
    The Coast Guard flies from McGill Airforce Base . The flight path was right over where I used to live …
    They know more than they choose to disclose ..

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Corruption more boundless than the sea itself..

    Former UT Professor heads major Gulf restoration project.

    A former University of Texas professor caught in an ethics scandal involving a flawed hydraulic fracturing study will be heading to the Gulf of Mexico to lead a major restoration project.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Why is it one or another..?
    It's both..the Deep Water Horizon site is 'leaking'..(some word for an uncontrolled well..AND the ajjacent seeps.
    Umm..I'd be checking..the attempted relief wells well.
    Ahh..but there are those that know exactly how it is going..on the floor of the Gulf. the DOD, the DOE, USCG, HS..etc.etc..
    They know.

    And let's not forget..
    The local authorities..Jindal..Nungesser, Landrieu..etc.etc..(a looong ,long list)…know what's up.
    How can one tell?
    Their avoidance. (same with the Assumption Parish sinkhole.
    Lots of secret advisories.
    They know.

  • many moons

    So BP controls the coast guard too? Good grief…why pay taxes if these entities…fda, epa, and the coast guard have other concerns…must be getting paid by BP.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Someday..probably long past time on this earth..the people will figure out the deception that went on.

    Vision and hindsight is lacking in modern society.

    Hindsight..looking back at a situation in the past..and seeing it more clearly than before.

    The USCG..
    As I recall…Mary Landry was speaking on behalf of the USCG.

    I know that Louisiana is weak for a bit of coquettishness.

    US Coast Gaurd Rear Admiral Mary Landry


    But.. it serves them to remember opens the way ..for the straight look in the eye… while other tales are told.

    RAW: Interview with Rear Adm. Mary Landry

  • WindorSolarPlease

    My concern is, how many leaks are there, what is coming out of those leaks, methane and all the other stuff, the human made pollution's of toxins and such in the ocean, and the cracked ocean floor.

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Do they realize or care what they have done to the oceans?
      The sea life, the plankton, our life, our environment?
      There was safe food, water, air and now it's wrecked from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and beyond.