NBC News: Possible a new fault was opened up from BP disaster in Gulf, says oceanographer — “Potential for an indefinite release of oil”?

Published: February 18th, 2013 at 10:17 am ET
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Title: Mystery ‘oil sheen’ grows near site of BP Gulf disaster, says researcher
Source: NBC News
Author: John Roach
Date: Jan 31, 2013
h/t Anonymous tip
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A persistent, mysterious “oil sheen” in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster grew to more than seven-miles long and one-mile wide during a recent stretch of calm seas, based on aerial observations made by a former NASA physicist turned environmental activist. [...]

According to [Bonny Schumaker, the physicist who now runs the non-profit On Wings of Care], scientists who have sampled the sheen on several occasions “have consistently found the presence of alpha olefiens, which is a chemical bond signature of a man-made chemical you would not find in pure crude form.”

That suggests, she explained, that the source of the sheen is “residual material coming from the wreckage.” [...]

Ian MacDonald is an oceanographer and oil spill expert at Florida State University. Another possibility, he explained to NBC News, is that the sheen is from a “natural seep that somehow became more active than it was before because prior to 2011 or so we had not seen abundant oil slicks at that location.” [...]

The concern, he noted, is trying to sort out its source. “The chemical data are a bit ambiguous.” Some analyses he’s seen suggest the presence of drilling fluid, which is consistent with what Schumaker has heard. But other analyses, from other sources that he said he’s privy to, find no drilling fluid.

In that case, it’s possible that the wreckage in 2010 somehow opened up a new fault on the seafloor. That possibility is inconsistent with BP’s findings, but would nevertheless indicate potential for an indefinite release of oil. [...]

See also: Video: Huge slick at site of BP disaster in Gulf of Mexico -- Visible rainbow sheen and weathered oil not seen for months

Published: February 18th, 2013 at 10:17 am ET
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18 comments to NBC News: Possible a new fault was opened up from BP disaster in Gulf, says oceanographer — “Potential for an indefinite release of oil”?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Heart of the Rose
    February 16, 2013 at 11:33 pm · Reply
    BOA ROV HIT BY ERUPTION FROM SEA FLOOR
    July 30 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gG4Fz9B3d4

    The new survey results are falsified.

    Some prop wash..


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Heart of the Rose
    February 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm
    Heads up ..Thad..

    BBC confirmed explosion detonated inside BOP to seal BP Macondo well
    Jan 21 2013.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVHueWo3g8Q


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  • We Not They Finally

    It's NOT NEW. It was there from the start. That's what Matt Simmons said in August, 2010 on MSNBC (Dylan Ratigan Show), looking visibly frightened as he said, "They can't tell us this or they will lose their fortunes and go to prison." Two weeks later, he was found dead in his hot tub at home. By the way, they never even stopped that well from spewing. They switched out the webcams between before and after Hurrican Bonnie that year. The DOE documents confirmed that Macondo Well leases were "Well A" and "Well B," You could see right on the webcam that the longitutdes and latitudes (marked on the upper left) were slightly but noticeably different. So yes, BP IS WHOLLY RESPONSIBLE. It's just that these particular evil criminal corporate acts are not linked to RADIATION — just to destroying the Gulf Stream and tipping climate-gate over the edge….


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  • Thad

    Quote–“natural seep that somehow became more active than it was before because prior to 2011" WHY? HOW?
    "it’s possible that the wreckage in 2010 somehow opened up a new fault on the seafloor." HOW? What kind of scientist makes suggestions he can't explain–
    “Potential for an indefinite release of oil” same for all natural seeps– no way to known how large the oil resavoir source is–

    HoR- Prop wash is still propwash, Wild Well Control never had a
    Pete Campbell as CEO. No explosive charge could be put inside the BOPs because the riser was still attached–

    WNTF- Simmons still a stock manipulating financier with no scientific background.
    Still waiting for documentation for ANY of his BP/ GoM predictions that happened—


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    So what do they they really do..sit on the deck playing cards.
    Go down with eyes closed..come back up and report..nothing.
    You there,Thad…Matt Simmons..suggested an earlier disaster.
    like a secret methane hydrate well..going bad..during Hurricane Bonnie..something like that.
    He says it was already there ..I say …trying an explosive..(which I ..believe should be a headline story..considering Stephen Chu..clearly stated a nuclear explosives would not be used).
    This furthered the disaster.

    My advice to you ..dear Thad..is to keep your eyes on the shoreline.
    Time will tell.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Nuclear Option on Gulf Oil Spill? No Way, U.S. Says

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/03/us/03nuke.html?_r=0

    Lies.


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  • Thad

    "On Wings Of Care" overflight 17 Feb '13 the sheen in the MC-252 area is gone—

    http://onwingsofcare.org/protection-a-preservation/gulf-of-mexico-oil-spill-2010/gulf-2013/361-20130217-clearer-views-good-news-gulf.html

    HOTR — I live on the coast of Louisiana- worked oilfield 40+ yrs in 22 different countries. Now retired. AND do know what is possible and what is impossible. There is no way at 5,000 ft to place a explosive charge INSIDE the BOPs when the pressure is over 10,000 psi with oil and flowing out at ~2,400 gals per minute. |

    "Matt Simmons..suggested an earlier disaster.
    like a secret methane hydrate well..going bad..during Hurricane Bonnie" note the word "SUGGESTED" It would be impossible to drl a secret well in the GoM– the rigs cost close to $850 million each, lease for $500,000/day – have contracts scheduled years ahead…Several sites such as "RigZone" have day to day listing of location for each and every one. Then theres is the support services -work boats at least 3, helocipter service- speciality drlg service companies- Drlg fluids- supplies-drl pipe- casing – drl bits— and all these people would have to report sales and income and source to the IRS. Oh! almost forgot the required federal lease and permits

    Joe Public does not know these things– and the stock value drops and Simmons buy some more–

    For what it worth I am still pissed off about the BP disaster – caused Obama to close work in the GoM which lead to my forced…


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    • 16Penny 16Penny

      "There is no way at 5,000 ft to place a explosive charge INSIDE the BOPs when the pressure is over 10,000 psi with oil and flowing out at ~2,400 gals per minute."

      Then how did they intercept the bore and kill it?


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      • Thad

        16Penny
        a second rig was brought in and set up about a mile away, drld well to intercept wild well at the oil/gas producing zone. ~ 12,890ft BMSL. Directional technology is such that a target of 2 meters diameter at that depth is no problem. When hitting target the kill well is pressured up and breaks down formation establishing circulation into original well bore. Heavy drlg fluid is pumped down the kill well to the bottom and up in to the wild well until there is enough hydrostatic to kill.. That is followed by heavy cement to displace the mud farther up into the original well- Pressure is held on the cement past set time– pressure is released and then repressured to test cement. Kill well is then cemented to plug and abandon.. This is referred to as a "bottom kill"
        The rig is then move over the original well, connects to well head and cement squeezed down the well to insure no void in cement job from bottom. After set time cement is pressure tested.


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        • 16Penny 16Penny

          Yep, but if they can pump the fluid down to kill the main bore then why can't they send a charge down to the same location. Not saying they did, just saying they could, I think.


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          • Thad

            16 Penny –
            Guess I did not explain well enough. The kill well intercepts the wild well at the BOTTOM-@ ~12,890ft Below Mean Sea Level basically forming a 'U' configuration The heavy drlg fluid is pumped down the kill well through the formation and into the BOTTOM of the wild well –down pumping in tne kill well- displaces oil and gas upward and out of the wild well until the hydrostatic of the drlg fluid column in the wild well is greater than the formation pressure– well dead- no more blow out. Cementing is for final plugging.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I don't know…Thad..the last fly over when 'material'could be seen in waves.. I think it was a seabed degassing.
    I also suspect localized landslide.
    "The largest failures of the four study areas occur in the Gulf of Mexico, adjacent to Mississippi Canyon, and
    between salt withdrawal basins. Smaller landslides occur within the basins, and at the base of the Sigsbee Escarpment."

    http://faculty.vassar.edu/brmcadoo/McAdooetal.pdf

    Here is an example of an submarine landslide.

    http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2012/07/19/incredibly-rare-footage-of-a-submarine-landslide/

    Poor place to drill really..I'm going to keep watching.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS. Localized landslides do not necessarily produce tsunamis.
    Louisiana does have a map for a large one however.

    Construction of Tsunami Inundation Maps in the Gulf of Mexico
    (NOAA)

    http://www.docstoc.com/docs/89475364/Research-Proposal-Landslide—PowerPoint

    Study conducted Aug 2009-July


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  • Thad

    Under water mud slides are not unknown in the GoM-rare but not unknown.. They are in the upper strata of plastic layers several thousand feet above the harder oil bearing formations.
    The concern is that one might shear off an existing well casing–
    Inside the production wells below the plastic/ hard rock interface there is a safety valve that would seal off the well if that should happen–
    BP/MC-252 did not yet have the safety valve installed as it had not been completed as a production well– that was the next phase of operations–


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  • FREEDOMROX

    Yet no one mentions MC 296… How they all forget Lord….How do they all forget?


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