Oil reported at BP’s Macondo Well in Gulf could be coming from “fissures or cracks in sea floor” — NOAA covering up?

Published: October 4th, 2012 at 9:24 am ET


View the Coast Guard’s incident report on the matter here

Title: Coast Guard investigating oil sheen at BP Deepwater Horizon disaster site
Source: Times-Picayune
Author: Mark Schleifstein
Date: October 03, 2012

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating an oily sheen spotted in the Gulf of Mexico last month near the site of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill 40 miles south of the Mississippi River, a spokesman said Wednesday. […]

The Coast Guard’s National Response Center was first notified of the sheen on Sept. 16 in a report that said it was spotted on satellite imagery, and had not been visually confirmed. […]

The sheen was later reported on a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration web site tracking environmental incidents nationwide. […]

The report also said BP was sending a vessel equipped with a remotely-operated underwater vehicle to the area to investigate the potential source of oil.

Title: Breaking news: New oil sheen near site of Deepwater Horizon disaster
Source: Stuart H. Smith
Date: Oct 3 2012

Experts had predicted such oil leaks would likely take place after the Deepwater Horizon rig was capped. That’s because the blocked oil continues to seek a path to the surface, and that could create fissures or cracks in the sea floor for the hydrocarbons to escape. This situation is exactly what we’d warned about in 2010 — that the rig diaster, caused by BP’s reckless and foolish actions, would continue to wreak havoc on the Gulf environment for years to come.

Title: In the tank? Feds scrub incident report about Gulf spill near BP rig
Source: Stuart H. Smith
Date: Oct 4 2012

Here’s what the initial report from NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration said:

This hotline is being started for new reports of sheen of unknown origin in and near lease block Mississippi Canyon 252. This incident is likely related to reports in August 2011 (See incident #8345, Aug2011). Although the source of these sheens may be the wrecked BP Macondo Well, this relationship has not been established at this time. Activities include daily overflights sponsored by BP, with USCG or NOAA observers on board intermitently. BP is sending a vessel to the area with an ROV to investigate the potential source.

However, that report is no longer on the web site as of last night. Instead, this is what visitors see instead:

Incident #8510 does not exist, has been deleted, or you do not have permission to view it.

Published: October 4th, 2012 at 9:24 am ET


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29 comments to Oil reported at BP’s Macondo Well in Gulf could be coming from “fissures or cracks in sea floor” — NOAA covering up?

  • markww markww

    I KNEW THIS and most everyone on here. Does the cracked sea floor and possible Methane Dome that runs from the Gulf up the Mississippi causing the gas bubbles over in Bayou Corne and the dome to fall in

    If the sea floor is cracked there is a huge possibility of underwater earthquakes and in the area where BP drilled the shale is broken and unstable its layered and unsafe. BP may have started the end of the World. Especially if the Methane cap is melting. Scientists need to scramble if the methane under 50,000 PSI starts to melt the escaping massive gas geyser would wipe out the Gulf Coastline .


    • apostrophes

      Oh fuk, shall I start panicking now?
      Or will tomorrow be ok?

      • many moons

        Don't panick just do like Brad Pitt and move.
        He sold his beautiful malibu beach house knowing the debris is on it's way…If you live in or near the gulf…..sell now!
        Another alternative…stand and fight….

        BP ruined the Gulf…and nothing changed exept the numbers of people getting sick.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    How about due to BP and the Macondo Well as well as due to fracking?

    Unusual Dallas Earthquakes Likely Linked to Fracking, Expert Says

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Transmutation on the Ocean Bottom
    June 20, 2011
    “With the large releases of methane under the Gulf of Mexico by deep drilling and nuclear fracking of the basalt plain large quantities of methane ice have piled up on the bottom. Given time the bacteria will eat all the methane keeping the Gulf deep waters cool and making a lot of fish food. The use of Corexit emulsifier sinking the red coloured petroleum to the bottom will in time be transmuted by the bacteria.
    “The radioactivity in the petroleum, fall-out from the August 19 2009 nuclear blast 10 kilometres under the alluvial fan of the Mississippi will also be transmuted by the bacteria. In biological systems radioactivity drops fifteen times faster than in a test tube.

    “The practise of the US Navy to drop decommissioned nuclear reactors in the ocean depths may be the best solution for long term elimination of such materials. The bacteria eats the iron into “rusticles” as seen on the Titanic at 10,000 feet deep and transmutes toxic radioactive elements fifteen times faster than in underground bunkers….”

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Gas Fracking Near the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant? WTH
    October 14, 2011

    Replacing Nuclear Power Plants in Germany
    “…British Petroleum’s push to develop Abiotic natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico by the explosion of a nuclear bomb 6 miles under the alluvial fan of the Mississippi River August 19 2009 led to the blow out eight months later. There have been fifteen or more such explosions at depth under the Gulf of Mexico. The floor of the Gulf is leaking hydrocarbons in many areas. All the petroleum companies are positioning themselves to supply natural gas for the turbines….”

    Here is a USGS map of the alluvial fan basin of the Mississippi. It is out in the GOM:
    Gulf of Mexico – Mississippi Fan

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Nuked Radio #61 October Surprise? Nuclear Biological Chemical Doom

    A theory of the sinkhole and beyond. Part 1 of 2 outlines the theory, research and various data. We will attempt to tie together the BP spill, Assumption sinkhole, New Madrid Fault, strange and untimely death of 2 key figures John Wheeler and Matt Simmons, Fukushima, Fema Camps and coffins, troop movements and continued coverups, Zombie virus, Corexit, Synthia, Sandia, munitions/nuclear/hazardous waste storage in sinking caverns, and the "Mission: Assumption" Drill started October 1st, 2012.
    Part 2 will air Thursday 10/04 on Nuked Radio, UCY.tv. Listen online or check youtube channel for Nuked Radio #62 in the next day or two.

  • wideawake wideawake

    what is it with men and their bits!…(grin) this is msdness on steroids.. see comments also. http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/1-billion-dollar-project-underway-to-drill-into-earths-mantle/

  • wideawake wideawake

    typo… madness

    • Maggie123

      wideawake: 🙂 !! I thought maybe msd was a condition … maybe male steroid deficiency? 🙂 (Probably not wise to start a gender war here but George Carlin's remarks on war might be relevant?) http://youtu.be/6MSi9xrY_og (relevant 'bit' starts at 3:25) Not a good quality video but sound is good and it's the first one I checked to locate his spiel.

      No offense intended to guys – I'm far from a 'gender war' combatant! 🙂

      • wideawake wideawake

        LOL maggie123 …so true that relevant bit!.. hilarious (no offense intended either) it just feels good to laugh and its not outlawed.. yet

  • markww markww

    breaking read this


    Inserts–As local and state officials attempt to resolve the great sinkhole of 2012 event, gas released into the aquifer is highly pressurized and spreading west from under the Bayou Corne community toward the Pierre Part community and Lake Peigneur. Lake Peigneur residents are also pleading for aid due to ongoing problems there since its catastrophic salt dome collapse in 1980.

    Recently, Lake Peigneur, approximately 80 miles west of the sinkhole, has also had mysterious bubbling spots.After methane bubbling areas and seismic activity were observed and reported by Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou residents for two months, the sinkhole was discovered early on Aug. 3 in swampland between the two bayou communities on Texas Brine Co. property. The sinkhole, that DNR officials think was caused by a failed Texas Brine salt cavern, and Texas Brine says was caused by seismic activity, has forced a mandatory evacuation of 150 families in those areas.

    There it is METHANE

    • Maggie123

      markww: Very troubling to learn of the spreading reach of bubbling spots. Not surprising – but the confirmation is troubling. What has been predicted, projected by analytical thought, seems accurate.

      Some recently mentioned Pandora's box – the story certainly applies across all earth.

      Today by your post I also thought of Icarus: "Daedalus fashioned two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for himself and his son. Daedalus tried his wings first, but before taking off from the island, warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, nor too close to the sea, but to follow his path of flight. Overcome by the giddiness that flying lent him, Icarus soared through the sky curiously, but in the process he came too close to the sun, which melted the wax. Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms, and so Icarus fell into the sea in the area which today bears his name.." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icarus

      Icarus has been used to teach against being "too ambitious". But today I'm thinking it's also a tale of unbridled trust in technology – which certainly is involved in the Bayou Corne and all earth's current human-made catastrophes!

    • vivvi

      I am wondering how long is it going to take before they report the results of their tests on this gas. Surely they know by now whether this gas is the same gas as bubbling from other places in the area? It's been weeks, but no information. Are they actually now hiding the fact that all this bubbling gas comes from the same source?

  • razzz razzz

    Even at the time of the blowout and fix at BP’s Macondo Well some were saying not to cap the well. Either bring it into production or at least wait until a relief well was in place and plug the well at a lower level before capping to the top of the well.

    In theory, that relief well was to plug the casing nearer the reservoir to prevent pressure from traveling above and through the softer layers and existing fissures, like fissures next to the salt dome. But the casing is breached now and impossible to plug.

    Bringing the well to production would have helped pressure travel to the wellhead and not find it own way to the sea floor like it is apparently doing now.

    Of course, there is a slip or strike fault the well passes through that makes matters worse.

    Time to convert existing vehicle engines to natural gas (easy enough, being done now and has been done before) and begin using up all this excess natural gas.

    • Maggie123

      Good Morning, razzz: Unfortunately, we've also got to get off n.gas. Fracking introduces deadly toxins into the environment. Fracking, mining oil shale, and hi-tech oceanic drilling are all developed to follow loss of "low hanging fruit". The Age of Oil, as energy base of all we do, is killing us even as we disregard all other life on the planet in our chase for "the final drop".

      I've been thinking again about alcohol – once abundant due to even small acreage landholders having fruit trees and their own stills before this was made illegal. It's my understanding stills were made illegal about the time Rockefeller experimented with gasoline in lieu of alcohol in internal combustion engines.

      I've been also promoting a return to "human muscle power" but this time with honor and dignity of decent pay, decent health care, and non-exhaustive hours of work. (It's not like we don't have enough people!!)

      We know we can use wind – but we don't think of this for heavier work – maybe we need to develop a newer version of the old, old, ("Dutch") mills.

      If we continue to believe earth's life-sustaining dynamics can handle any insult and injury we throw at it, at the pace we operate, (pace is key) — IMO we're not paying attention and are not being realistic or honest. (??)

      • razzz razzz

        Even without fracking there is an abundance of natural gas. Most of the time, like when drilling for oil offshore, it is flared off due to a lack of storage or piping transfer network.

        Burning methane (NG) releases only carbon dioxide and water.

        I think they are getting a little carried away with current fracking as it first intent was to re-pressurized existing wells since about 80% of the oil remains in the ground and is not recovered when natural pressure is bled off when initially pumping out the oil (the easy money).

        If they find the bubbling source(s) in Louisiana, the first thing to do is drill a well and try to flare off the methane to relieve the gas pressure.

        With BP's Macondo exploration well blowout in the Gulf, left unchecked it will continue leaking for centuries. As dangerous as the runaway pressure and oil are now, it would be better to redrill and try to carry off the excesses. I don't think standing by and doing nothing is going to help.

  • dosdos dosdos

    Deepwater Horizon is over 300 miles from the sinkhole, most of that across the delta. We'd have seen some other signs in between the two if the fissure theory about DH causing the sinkhole was true. I think it's a hard stretch of the imagination to link the two without other evidence being overtly obvious. The geology of the Gulf of Mexico is just not formed that way. The fault lines near Deepwater Horizon run east of New Orleans, almost to Mississippi (state), not to mid-Louisiana. You'd have to be well on the other side (west) of the Mississippi River before you have faults that run anywhere the sinkhole. The distances are too far.

    I am far more inclined to believe idiots dumping fracking sludge in a salt cavern, which is fully capable of causing this catastrophe all by itself. And the detection of high levels of acetone, benzine, methyl chloride, and other fracking related compounds points the finger squarely at fracking sludge destroying the integrity of the salt dome.

    This is not to say that I want to let BP off easy for what they did, but I just can't bring myself to visualize a direct casual relationship with Deepwater Horizon and the sinkhole. Too much is missing from such a puzzle.

  • cgrl

    The oil NEVER ever stopped through fissures around the site. this has been reported by fishermen/pilots/activists/locals since the explosion>supposed "capping" so ho-hum for mainstream media or a gov. agency to finally acknowledge it.

    Corexit has not stopped either. gulf = black hole of death. & don't be fooled, Coast Guard, NOAA, EPA ALL in cahoots since the beginning re: continued leak, allowing Corexit aerial/coastal/underwater spraying instead of known less toxic alternatives, lack of proper seafood testing (beyond hired locals smelling the food!), etc. Watch The Big Fix.

    Highly recommend: The Gulf of Mexico is Dying; A Special Report on the BP Gulf Oil Spill http://phoenixrisingfromthegulf.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/the-gulf-of-mexico-is-dying-3/

    READ: BP Gulf Oil Spill Info Blackout & Data Lockdown "The official response to the BP Gulf Oil Spill has been controlled like no other response in American history to an environmental catastrophe. The US Government, to include the EPA, NOAA, Energy, Interior, the White House, has colluded with BP et al. to keep the lid on what has really been taking place in our waters, on our beaches and with our seafood. The information blackout, and especially the choking off of vital data and research studies have occurred through the following deliberate process" http://phoenixrisingfromthegulf.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/the-bp-gulf-oil-spill-info-blackout-and-data-lockdown/

    & Russia's take http://www.whatdoesitmean

  • omniversling

    This is a must see for the info on:

    1/ pressurising reserviors by injecting (at the end of the drilling stage) genetically engineered microbes/bacteria that create carbondioxide as a waste product, which makes the reserve like a soda bottle to get the oil out under 'false' pressure. Too bad if the formula is too 'racy', and the thing pops it's cork…or blowout protector.

    2/ Remidiating agents constructed from 'blank canvas' proteins and synthetic amino acids, which are seeded with some natural and some GE dna to 'turbo charge' natural process. Think Corexit with enzymes, microbes, bacteria…who knows cos it's secret herbs and spices formula is commercially protected. But what happened when it got loose, and decided that the spilled oil was not enough, and the oil in fish skin and human flesh would do nicely thankyou…

    Like FukUpShima, it cant be 'put back in the bottle'. How many more of these 'genie escapes' can we manage as a species I wonder…


    Best diagrams on salt domes and Macondo well:
    Why is BP's Macondo blowout so disastrous & Beyond Patch-up.

  • markww markww

    Relief wells in the Gulf to stop the flow from the BP SPILL will NOT work, there are pressures at 100,000 PSI we have NOTHING ON THE PLANET THAT CAN SUPPORT THAT PRESSURE.

    Its is known there's Mountains of Methane Hydrates and it is melting.

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi markww

      I believe you are correct. There is to much pressure. It's like a bent hose, water eventually breaks through in cracks.

      Since it's melting, does this mean extreme climate change?

      • WindorSolarPlease

        markww, trying to figure out what Mountains of Methane Hydrates and it is melting all means.

        I believe Methane can bubble and explode, that's all I know about Methane..I know nothing about what happens when it melts.

    • Maggie123

      Markww: by "melting", I thought you were referencing high latitude perma-frost thawing, which is already releasing methane, especially in northern latitudes of Asia and I think also as Arctic waters warm. Some is rising from off-land 'pockets', within northern seas.

      Just found this 27 Sept. 2012 re northern latitudes: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/09/27/501221/arctic-methane-release-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it/?mobile=nc.

      Arctic methane article suggests south is the place to look, as per your assertion: "(northern) methane emission fluxes are higher than previous estimates, but that’s not really the most important point, because emissions from the Arctic are small relative to low-latitude wetlands, and doubling or even nearly quadrupling the Arctic fluxes (in one of their analyzed regions)…"

      Article however also suggests methane may not be major no matter where: "…methane doesn’t build up like CO2, SF6, and to a lesser extent N2O do…."

      Article references a newly published research report.

      Also found this June 2012 article, have not checked it: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120618095055.htm.
      Title: "Seeping Arctic methane has serious implications for Florida coastline" (!!!) Not had time to read it – assume it will talk about global warming and rising waters but I'd need to read it to know and hope to do so later today!