Newspaper: Concern that BP’s fresh oil is coming from fractures in floor of Gulf

Published: October 11th, 2012 at 2:48 pm ET
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View the latest footage of BP’s oil floating in the Gulf here

Follow-up to: *Confirmed* Gov't: Oil reported in Gulf matches BP's Macondo Well

Times Picayune, Oct. 10, 2012: There have been concerns since the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon that oil from the BP well could leak from storage areas on the ship or from the drilling riser piping that connected the well to the ship and now lies on the Gulf floor, a mile deep. Environmental groups also have raised concerns that the drilling of relief wells to cut off the flow of oil, or the failure of the original well, may have fractured the bottom sediments at the wellsite, which might eventually prove to be the site of new leakage from the well.

Stuart H. Smith, Oct. 11, 2012: Why is this happening? [...] efforts to cap the BP well in 2010 could have created cracks, or fissures, in the floor of the Gulf. That raises the specter of an ongoing spill that is more serious in nature, and more difficult to contain and clean-up. [...] There needs to be a serious and thorough investigation into how much oil is still leaking, and why.

Published: October 11th, 2012 at 2:48 pm ET
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16 comments to Newspaper: Concern that BP’s fresh oil is coming from fractures in floor of Gulf

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    If BP's Macondo Well oil isn't coming from fractures leaking fresh crude oil into the salt dome, then it has to come from storage of the cleanup residue that would have either been poured into the salt dome or placed in some other containment nearby the sink hole as part of the clean up effort. This could be one explanation for the unexpected chemical brew – Corexit and oil.


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    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi VicFromOregon

      That could be one explanation. It would help if they were just honest. With no one being honest it takes that much longer to figure things out and to figure out what should be done.


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      • Radio VicFromOregon

        You said it, WindSolarPlease. With accountability out the window given the global oligarchical renaissance, truth is wrapped up tightly and stuffed in a metal safe somewhere buried better than the industrial sludge, gas, and oil with a long line of lawyers, government officials and technocrats doing double duty keeping the truth from prying eyes. I'm still thinking we won't see much but hemming and hawing until after Nov 2 when the US elections are over and the impact of the political embarrassment minimized. Must be something both the Republicans and Democrats did given the effective stonewalling we are witnessing. Who said the two political parties couldn't work together?


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  • jec jec

    Fingerprint of the oil from failed salt dome to be available week of Oct 15th.


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  • omniversling

    Vic, holy cow! , what an incredible speculation…that the BP 'cleanup' goo was dumped in these salt domes…up till now I've only read 'fracking fluid'….is it possible? Does anyone have references, links or memories from the time? Where DID all that scum get deposited? Could it be pumped with the risk of 'foreign' objects that got picked up with the waste? (pelicans, dolphins, turtles…etc). I remember that many parishes objected to the hard stuff (overalls etc) and that BP had recovered as much as they could to still turn it into profitable product…


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  • mick

    Obviously this is the stored crude oil which the dome landed on when it caved in.


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  • jackassrig

    The riser that is lying on the sea floor was connected to the Deepwater Horizon. One end was connected to the BOP and the other end to the rig. When the rig capsized, the riser went with the rig. The drillship had a smaller riser that was installed later. It was collecting a small quantity of oil gushing from the well. BP used a perculation device to move the oil up and then the top hat with riser to drillship. Nothing really worked. I don't remember where the oil finally got deposited. It couldn't be used in a refinery so it was probably pumped into a salt dome.


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  • jec jec

    Will be a LOT of fingerpointing if the crude and other gunk was dumped into the saltdome. Will BP be responsible for it? Guess who ever paid to dump the junk..and the company how agreed to dispose of it? Serious as this is, if its not a fracture of deep oil reserve–would be best. The other scenario is mind shattering..not that the current situation is much less….bad news all around..


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  • dosdos dosdos

    There are still way too many questions that need answering before I buy into the cataclysm theory.

    Please, no Dec. 2012 predictions…..


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  • project722

    dosdos – After listening to the youtube video that Mark posted in another thread it's really not that far a stretch to connect the oil now being found in the dome to Macondo. You have a hole 4 miles deep with no casing exerting 100k psi onto the surrounding layers of strata, some of those consisting of methane and some oil. Seems logical that these pressurized pockets of gas and oil would find its way inland eventually.


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  • PurpleRain

    Mark, I don't completely buy into the 2012 end of the world, but I appreciate going to your links and getting that info too. Don't stop, okay. No one really knows any answers for certain.


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    • VanneV anne

      2012 may not be the actual end of the world, but the path to the end is here unless many changes are made immediately. Like close down all nuclear weapons production and all nuclear power plants and stop all mining of uranium. Stop all GMOs and other genetic engineering. Stop all pesticides and herbicides and BPA in plastics. Stop all use of HAARP and all chemtrails. Stop all the full body scans in airports. Stop all chemical fertilizers in agriculture. Stop all use of depleted uranium. Stop all use of oil and natural gas and coal. And on and on. Because we only see these practices continuing and not all governments abandoning every one of these toxic practices, it is only a matter of when, not if. We are rapidly spiraling out of control. We don't see a successful reign of peace, but just rule by bullies by any means possible. It is completely sad to have to watch the pain and suffering which could have been avoided.


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  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Anne, it surely is, and my heart has been breaking over it for decades and decades, but, then something happens inside and i realize that i'm not giving up this world willingly to these yahoos. I will argue and reason and be compassionate and fight and pray and plead and write and hope and cry and rage and agitate and do reiki and learn and get up everyday and do the same until i can't take another step or another breath. I have to try and make this turn out differently than the industrialists would have it.


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  • Vic,I feel the same …
    my body may be broken but the few must continue ..


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