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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BP, Transocean, Halliburton at center
of “wide-ranging criminal probe” into
“falsified test results” and obstruction

July 28th, 2010 at 01:13 PM

Today the Washington Post reports investigators from the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Coast Guard and other federal agencies are conducting a “wide-ranging criminal probe”, at the center of which is BP, Transocean, and Halliburton, which finished cementing the Macondo well less than a day before the blow-out.

The Post adds it is “now clear that they are also looking into whether company officials made false statements to regulators, obstructed justice or falsified test results for devices such as the rig’s failed blowout preventer.”

A law enforcement official told the Post, “Criminal investigators will look for evidence that MMS inspectors were bribed or promised industry jobs in exchange for lenient treatment. ‘Every instinct I have tells me there ought to be numerous indictable cases in that connection between MMS and the industry.’”.....

Federal auditors have in recent years documented a culture at the MMS in which inspectors improperly accepted gifts from oil and gas companies, moved freely between industry and government and, in one instance, negotiated for a job with a company under inspection.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

“It’s a dog and pony show”;
“Thad Allen went to the
BP school of how to deny.”

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another BP Cover-Up Exposed.
EPA Whistleblower Speaks Out


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

enough of these conspiracy theories

see no problem


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thais of all backgrounds have finally found their collective voice. They should be hailed as a great example to us all.

They just ain't putting up with it -- any of it -- anymore.


Show of hands against oil projects


BLACK AND GREASY: Protesters display a photo of an oil-soaked bird, a victim of the recent massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, to show the possible adverse impact if an offshore oil exploration project near Koh Samui goes ahead.

Published: 1/08/2010 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: News


SURAT THANI : Tens of thousands of protesters yesterday formed a human link around Koh Samui to show their opposition to four oil exploration projects, heralding what they say could lead to a protracted legal battle.

The protesters, made up of villagers, students, environmental advocates, tourist operators and tourists, formed a human chain along the island's 52-kilometre ring-road in a dramatic show of opposition to the energy projects, which promise millions of baht in investment money and hundreds of potential jobs.

Fishermen say they will block the exploration work if the projects go ahead.

Meanwhile, a local conservation group led by the Koh Samui mayor says the group will file charges in the Administrative Court if the government refuses to heed its demands by Thursday.

The legal battle could be based on similar principles employed by villagers in the dispute over the Map Ta Phut industrial estate.

The court could overturn the oil exploration projects just as it put on hold billions of baht worth of investment at the Map Ta Phut industrial estate for failing to comply with the charter.

The Administrative Court last year ordered the suspension of 76 industrial projects - many belonging to large companies such as PTT and the Siam Cement Group - because of the failure of state agencies to comply with Section 67 of the constitution.

Section 67 requires an independent body to screen industrial projects classified as potentially harmful to the environment and public health.

The four exploration licences - which would allow companies to explore for oil off the resort islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao - were approved after the constitution took effect, but in the absence of the independent body.

The court suspended the Map Ta Phut projects because the state had dragged its hands in setting up the independent body. A new temporary independent screening organisation has since been created.

At Koh Samui, the protesters yesterday joined hands as if they were building a "wall" to protect the island, which is only 42km away from one proposed oil exploration spot.

Some students pretended to be oil slick victims, blackening their clothes and bodies.

They held photos of birds and marine species coated with oil, victims of the environmental disaster caused by an explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20.

DON’T LET THEM IN: Some 30,000 locals, tourists, hotel operators and environmentalists linked hands yesterday to form a line along a 52km road around the island to protest the project. PHOTOS: NATTHITI AMPAIWAN

The protesters are worried a similar crisis could happen here, polluting the islands and putting tourism at risk.

NuCoastal (Thailand) http://www.nucoastal.co.th/, a wholly owned subsidiary of London-based Coastal Energy Company http://www.coastalenergy.com/, holds a licence to explore for oil in the seas off Songkhla. It has now been granted permission to explore off Koh Samui.

Another three companies have been granted permission and are now carrying out environmental impact assessments, said Gulf of Thailand conservation network chairman Rammanate Jaikwang, also the Koh Samui mayor. The protest group has petitioned Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to review or cancel the projects.

Public hearings have been held, but Ruengnam Jaikwang, chairman of the hotel business association on the eastern coast, questioned their transparency, because the NuCoastal project was approved at the meetings despite protests.

Surat Thani energy official Rorya Jantarattana said oil drilling in the Gulf of Thailand has been carried out for 32 years without problems. Electricity is produced from up to 2,000 sites of the 5,000 sites explored, he said.

However, fishermen have vowed to block the exploration work if the projects go ahead, said Wanni Thaipanich, chairman of the association of tourism promotion for Koh Phangan.

A French tourist who joined the protest asked why the government had allowed oil exploration near Koh Samui.

"Nature would be affected for sure," he said.

In July, protests forced the cancellation of a hearing into the NuCoastal project.

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Relief wells!!!!, we don't need no stinkin relief wells!

one of the things i hope they do with the relief wells is plug them



BP Hedges On Role Of Relief Well In Gulf

Officials have long insisted that a relief well was the only surefire way to kill the oil leak at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, but with engineers only feet away from completing a pair of them they're now wrestling with how exactly to use them.

Crews planned testing Monday evening to determine whether to proceed with a plan — called a "static kill" — to pump mud and perhaps cement down the throat of the mile-deep busted well. The role of the relief well, plus a backup one dug at White House insistence, was to do the same from the bottom of the well and insure that the oil would stay in its vast undersea reservoir.

BP PLC Senior Vice President Kent Wells said Monday that engineers may pump cement directly into the busted well through the failed blowout preventer via a surface ship, rather than wait for the relief well's planned completion later this month.

That idea isn't new — but BP has never before indicated it might forgo use of the relief well altogether in direct attempts to plug the leak.

"Precisely what the relief wells will do remains to be seen given what we learn from the static kill," BP spokesman Daren Beaudo said. "Can't predict it for certain."

Either way, Wells said, "We want to end up with cement in the bottom of the hole."

The company began drilling the primary, 18,000-foot relief well May 2, 12 days after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and killed 11 workers, and the second well May 16. The first well is now only about 100 feet from the target, and Wells said it could reach it by Aug. 11.

The British oil giant said there's no doubt the relief wells, which can cost about $100 million each, would be used in some fashion. Mud and cement could be pumped down to plug the reservoir, or it could simply be used to "confirm" that the static kill worked, Beaudo said.

BP didn't fully explain why, after so much time, money and effort, the company was unclear on the role a relief well would play.

The company could be more worried than it has said publicly about debris found in the relief well after it was briefly capped as Tropical Storm Bonnie passed last week, said Louisiana State University environmental sciences professor Ed Overton.

Plus, trying to seal the well from the top gives BP two shots at ending the disaster, Overton said.

"Frankly, if they can shut it off from the top and it's a good, permanent seal, I'll take it," Overton said. "A bird in the hand at this point is a good thing with this deal."

Engineers hoped to complete a final test by Monday evening to determine whether to proceed with the static kill. If the test is successful, officials said, engineers will spend most of Tuesday and possibly into Thursday slowly pumping the heavy mud down the well, which has spewed as much as 184 million gallons.

At a news briefing Monday, the government's point man on the spill said several minor leaks have sprung near the blown-out well.

Engineers are working to repair the leaks, which aren't expected to delay the plugging effort, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said.

The only thing keeping oil from blowing into the Gulf at the moment is an experimental cap that has held for more than two weeks but was never meant to be permanent.

"The only thing that separates the oil from the sea now is the valve. This puts thousands of feet of mud and cement in between," said Eric Smith, associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute. "The idea is to have as many barriers as possible between the ocean and the reservoir. We're adding an extra level of safety."

The whole procedure is still set to be completed by late August despite a brief evacuation for Bonnie.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Possible methane leak at the sea floor near capped well.
Ocean Intervention III - ROV2, August 2, 2010 at 1:30 a.m. EDT.

Feds, Coast Guard and BP in recent days are admitting that the low
pressure readings do not rule out a slow leak taking place down hole.

The idea is that even if there is a leak, careful monitoring
will ensure that if the leak intensifies they can quickly uncap
the well again........

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:28 am    Post subject: x Reply with quote

Where's the appropriate sound track of impending doom? Note the counterclock spin, which can only mean four things.
Wonder how much this one leak could put out in six months... and I do wonder how The top level techs are viewing all this.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anything in this?



Gulf Loop Current Stalls from BP Oil Disaster

Oceanographic satellite data now shows that the Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico has stalled as a consequence of the BP oil spill [volcano] disaster. This according to Dr. Gianluigi Zangari, an Italian theoretical physicist, and major complex and chaotic systems analyst at the Frascati National Laboratories in Italy.

He further notes that the effects of this stall have also begun to spread to the Gulf Stream. This is because the Loop Current is a crucial element of the Gulf Stream itself and why it is commonly referred to as the “main engine” of the Stream.

The concern now, is whether or not natural processes can re-establish the stalled Loop Current. If not, we could begin to see global crop failures as early as 2011.

The Loop Current is a clockwise flow that extends northward into the Gulf of Mexico and joins the Yucatan Current and the Florida Current to the Gulf Stream.

Although at first glance the Loop Current appears confined within the Gulf, scientists define it as an “element of an extremely complex, open system”: as all other “elements” of the so-called “Earth System”, are not separable from the others.

These various “elements” of the Earth System (i.e., atmosphere, landmasses and so forth) are so strongly correlated to one another that at some point, they become indivisible.

Why is this important to all life on the planet? The Gulf Stream is a strong interlinked component of the Earth's global network of ocean conveyor currents, which drive the planet's weather systems.

For this reason, Zangari's concern is that should the Loop Current fail to restart, dire global consequences may ensue as a result of extreme weather changes and many other critical phenomena. The repercussions of which could trigger widespread droughts, floods, crop failures and subsequent global food shortages.


The gist of it is that the Gulf Loop Current periodically has eddy currents form and break off of it. When this happens, the Gulf Loop Current cuts across a good deal further south, rather like what’s shown in the map of Sea Surface Velocity in the article you recently put up. After a while, the Gulf Loop Current returns to normal, before another eddy current eventually forms and breaks off.

This makes me wonder: Could the change in the Gulf Loop Current be due to the eddy current formation and break-off process and thus be a normal periodic natural event?

It’s not obvious how this would explain the apparent change in the Gulf Stream off the northeast however, although it does make me wonder how much year-to-year variability goes on, including how far offshore the Gulf Stream flow is. (Which brings up another question: Could the Gulf Stream simply have shifted far enough east that the main part of the flow is off the eastern edge of the map area?)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 6:13 am    Post subject: Round about and back again... Reply with quote

Following http://www.Hurricanetrack.com and analysing SSTs and ocean currents for a few years, we have seen eddies break away from the loop current several times.

Gulf stream no worse for wear.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the face of it, it would seem that the oil spill,
while it is huge in human terms, is literally a drop
in the power dynamics of the Gulf ocean currents.

But here's Dr. Gianluigi Zangari, an Italian theoretical
physicist who is the source of the latest analysis:

More parts of the interview at the Youtube link:


LISTEN ON: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZVu3Uv-jAc

Graphics and further analysis at the link JamesD provided.

I'm still checking it out. Note that some of the article has
been extracted from the Yowusa website which has been
alarmist in the past on the chances of Yellowstone exploding.

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Oil spill dispersant could damage coral populations
New Scientist
August 2010 - Laboratory tests suggest that Corexit 9500A, the dispersant used by BP to tackle the largest offshore oil spill in US history, stops coral larvae latching onto the surfaces where they usually mature.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BP's claim of 75% of the Oil vanished.

Yeah suuuuuuure......


Bob Cavnar on Countdown tonight with Keith talking about the
"static kill" and the looped video feeds that BP is running.

There's a leak in one of the connectors on the BOP
and BP have run looped video of the nearby ROV:


Alexander Higgins says: "if static kill was successful as BP and the
government claim why are there still leaks coming from the well
and why have they become worse?


Video taken after BP's claim well is "Static" :


Bob Cavnar Writes:

BP: "Well is Static" US: "Oil is Gone"
Nothing to See Here. Move Along.

By eljefebob on August 4, 2010 1:30 PM

At 1 am today, we got the "everything is fine" press release from BP proclaiming that the well, after the "textbook" static kill, is static. They studiously avoided the words "dead" or "killed". Per usual, they also provided no further information.

I was watching the feeds of the worsening leak coming from the lower flex joint flange at the moment I got the press release. Odd. If the well is static, then why is the wellhead leaking? Also, the leaking fluid is rising, indicating hydrocarbons, and continues even at this moment.

This whole operation has given me the willies. Back a hundred years ago (well, at least the 70s), when I was breaking out as an oil well cementer, the cementer I was shadowing always taught me that if you have a leak, any leak, you stop and fix it before you start a job. In all my years in the oilfield, whether I was pumping cement jobs, frac jobs, drilling, circulating, or killing a well, if I had a leak, I stopped. Period. The only time I would keep pumping with a leak was only if more damage would be caused by stopping.

BP has violated this principle in spades by doing what they are doing. Now that they've proclaimed the well is "static", they've also gone radio silent with no press conferences or technical McBriefings scheduled for today.

Admiral Allen is doing a victory lap at this moment during the White House briefing, also not giving any data, besides just saying that it's static with seawater. Again, if that was true, why is the wellhead leaking? To be clear, dead means dead. If it's leaking oil, that means it's not dead.

The amazing thing is that not one reporter is informed enough to even ask what's going on. They're more focused on the fantasy report issued this morning by NOAA & the USGS, that remarkably claims that, even though they collected only 25% of the produced oil, all but 26% is magically gone, and that all of the fish that were contaminated with oil will rapidly recover and be safe for human consumption very quickly.

I'm sitting here watching oil leaking from a well that is supposedly dead. I'm listening to Admiral Allen saying the well is dead and to Jane Lubchenco and Carol Browner seriously contending that almost 4 million barrels of oil have disappeared. Is it just me, or are we watching the Matrix in real life?

Come on, relief well...


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alexander Higgins is tracking
suspected sea floor seeps:


The BP Gulf Oil Spill Leaking Through The Sea Floor
After BP Fills The Well With Cement

Whether that's a significant leakage with potential to escalate
we shall see, but in any event: Houston, we have a problem.

This problem:

BP Well Is Still Leaking Underground

by Fintan Dunne, 5th August, 2010 11:00pm EST

By now, I have enough experience of this oil spill (Gawd help me)
to have an instinct that BP(and others) have been scamming us hard
over the course of the last couple of weeks.

Indeed from back a week or so, I've been dubious about their plan to do
a top kill AND a bottom kill. Why not just do a bottom kill on this sucker
--with the relief well-- as per the original plan?

All of which takes me back to my previous post here entitled:
"Gulf Spill: Leave the Champagne on Ice" on 17 Jul 2010.

I pointed out that the low sub-7,000psi pressure reading when they
capped the well was far below the projected, expected 8,500psi+.
And that it meant the well was likely leaking underground.

I think it's been leaking far enough down hole to not pose a risk of an
imminent sea floor blowout. And so they decided to handle the well
in two sections: above the underground leak and below the leak.

So they just handled the top section with the static kill and cement.

And that bottom section is still leaking.

They may yet succeed in killing the lower section with the relief well.

But that could be a complicated job.

And the underground leak may find it's way to the sea floor
if they don't get the bottom kill done quickly.

(Assuming, that is that we don't already have sea floor leakage
at some distance from the well --which is being concealed from us.)

Meanwhile, please don't upset the American people
by telling them it's still leaking underground.

Get with the PR program dude!!

And here's that PR at Work:

Press Briefing by National Incident Commander
Admiral Thad Allen, August 5, 2010:

"The big conversation yesterday really had to do
with whether or not the drill pipe was still intact.

It's hardly a "conversation" point.

It's the oil elephant in the center of the room.

Thad Allen carefully phrased that comment.

Let me rephrase to acknowledge the oil elephant:

"The big conversation yesterday really had to do with
whether or not the well is STILL leaking underground.

But that kind of frankness would have led to headlines like:

BP Well May Still Be Leaking Underground

And full frankness about the implications of the too low
well pressure after capping would have led to headlines like:

BP Well Likely Still Leaking Underground

Instead we mostly got headlines like:

Gulf Spill: It's All Over. Fur-gedd-aboud-it.

Now here's revealing comments from the drilling pros at The Drillers Club.
(I've bolded the important points)

This gives you the gory details on the reality of the claimed progress.

Comment by Horizon3

If this thing had worked, (It hasn't) there would be no leaking oil, it would be leaking mud.

They are most likely pumping through the rupture disks in the 16" and thence into the formations at the 18" and or 22" shoes.

The reason this is, it's because the rupture disks have already failed, they were designed to rupture below the burst pressure of the 16" which is 6,917psi and below the collapse pressure of the 9-7/8" which is 5,340psi at the casing hanger.

They have pulled the same scam they did on the first top kill, declaring it a success, when everyone watching an ROV cam knew different, dead wells don't flow, PERIOD!.

The leaks on the BOPs are getting worse not better, as would be the case if the well were dieing do to the hydrostatic of the mud. Their pump pressure should be decreasing with each bbl of mud pumped, until the mud reached the producing formation, it has not done so.

If they were pumping mud down the path of the oil flow, given the rate of leakage from the several places in the BOPs, there would be mud flowing from those leaks, as the oil would have been displaced out of the stack trough them and replaced with the inflowing kill mud, that has not happened as the leaks are still flowing oil and gas. The pressure to push mud up the stack and out of the leaks would be less than the pressure to push it downhole, 2,200psi vs 7,000psi.

Just an educated guess but the combined leaks are probably close to 1/2 to 1 bpm in volume, they have been pumping for close to 24 hours, the stack holds about 30bbls the leaks should be emitting mud, they are not.
There is no evidence of a decrease in pressure, even though BP does not show the readings, that too is obvious as the leaks are increasing in size, rate and number not decreasing as they should if the well was dying due to mud hydrostatic. (If the Pressure was dropping)

I have been doing well kills for 25 years, I am not a worm.

The well is either not dead or they are still pumping on it, as oil and gas are still coming out of the leaks. Mud is not.

They have been most likely pumping through the rupture disks in the 16", the 6,989psi shut in pressure plus injection pressure is far above their rating, and above the rating of the 16" itself. The mud is probably going out into a loose sand somewhere between, the 16" shoe and the 22" shoe. There is plenty of it, this entire well was plagued with lost circulation and ballooning.

The primary reason they never got to a full wellhead pressure is these lost zones, there is a big one right beneath the producing horizon, and the oil is being injected into it, because it has a lower pore pressure than the producing zone.

They lost over 3,000bbl of 14.1ppg mud to that zone.

The gas sands directly above the oil zone have a 13.6ppg pore pressure, they are not going to kill that zone with 13.2ppg kill mud mud, which is what they purportedly pumped.

They did not position micro-seismic gear prior to shutting the well in, so they really have no clue where the mud is going. Because they have no baseline seismic profile to compare to.

If they cement up the top portion of the well, all it will accomplish is make the bottom kill via relief well that much more difficult, not easier. Because they will be unable to pump mud to the well head from the bottom.

And some poor sod is going to have to put a rig over the well to fish up the old BOPS if they can, after being pumped full of cement. And put on another set, to go in and drill out that top cement and finish displacing the hole to mud before they set final bridge plugs and cement.


Maybe you should consider that the well was never shut in, it was flowing the whole time, into a lost zone.

Just because you can not see the flow at surface does not mean the well was not flowing.

The 7,000psi (6,989 if you want to be critical) could well be the pressure at the well head cause by injection pressure at the zone that the oil was being pushed into.

This is a 10billion bbl reservoir, it would not have lost 3,000psi in 90days, you might want to regroup on that one.

At no time has this well been produced to it's full potential, that is a fact.
From BPs own Schlumberger wireline RFT, this well has the potential to flow 60kbpd, but that is with a contiguous oil column to surface, that has not been achieved yet. The well has always had to flow against 5,000ft of seawater head.

With the burst disks and multiple liner hangers, and no cement up into any of the liner laps this POS well could be flowing subsurface into a multitude of locations.

I just checked the ROV feeds and the flex joint flange, annular flanges and the CTX connector are still leaking, at about the same rate they were leaking before they started pumping on the well. As well as gas bubbles coming up around the 28" conductor, and out of its "Closed" cementing valves.

Again "Dead" wells don't leak against 5,000ft of seawater head.


You may trust BP but I don't, they have been caught out in too many lies and misinformation starting on day one with the well depth, and what pipe is in the hole.

They are lawyered up to the gump stump, and the lawyers are calling the shots on information to the public, hence the numerous ROVs down there with blank feeds.

They feed poor old Thud Allen buckets full of crap every day, and he not knowing any better just parrots it. Allen is a great Coasty, but DNS about drilling or well control. And neither do any of Obamas scientist genius', there is not one single member of any of his teams and commissions that have ever stepped on a rig, let alone drilled or designed a well. I have spoken with some of them, and they don't know a pumpjack from a drilling rig.


Comment by adoubleuk


Your last two messages are somewhat prevocative, perhaps deliberately so, but unfortunately I personally have to agree with much of what you're saying. I too suspect that there's a lot of whitewash being put on things now the major flow has been stopped. The general public might accept it (I include Saint Barack in that category), but not hardened, cynical, forever wary oilfield hands like ourselves........

Also, if they achieved a 'static kill' rate of 15 bpm as Burenye states, I have great doubts that it was all (if any) going to the payzone. My guess is that they've got an 'underground blowout 'somewhere and / or the hole has now packed off above the reservoir. However, that's dust that can be swept under the carpet with no cause for alarm in the public domain. It would also explain why it was primordial to case off the relief well before the so-called 'static kill' commenced.


Comment by spudmud

please provide some perspective by explaining what BP's motives would be for doing what you say they are doing. Are you indicating that they are tring to mask an underground blowout so that they won't have to fix it?


Comment by Horizon3

A subsurface blowout is not a really big deal 80miles offshore, unless it's going into a freshwater aquifer, that would show up on land eventually.

That said, it will eventually find a way to breach the mudline, whether trough a fracture or simply a rock outcropping somewhere close.

However if the flow is close to the mudline and breaches near to the well, BIG problems will result, as the well will crater, and makes any other attempts at killing the well even more difficult, as ROV work is out the window, they cannot see where they are going, 0 visibility.

And eventually the BOP and wellhead will bend over and will collapse into the crater.

It makes the kill by relief well more difficult by enlarging the hole by the minute, making it exponentially harder to fill with kill mud, and keep full.

I was on the crew that killed a subsurface blowout in Nigeria, it cratered so badly it swallowed an entire jack-up rig. The only thing left was about 40ft of the bow leg sticking up through the mud.


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Most of the oil spill has 'disappeared' says US Gov.

Not a problem, says US Gov.

But there is now MORE oil coming ashore
in Plaquemines Parrish, Louisiana than there
has been at any point up until now.

Not a problem for the US Gov and BP.

Big problem for the people of the Gulf.


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