Monday, July 19, 2010

BP's oil well remains busted

SHOOT: I learned some time ago from Matt Simmons that the bedrock was ruptured during the explosion, which means fixing the leak is virtually impossible as the rock that has been damaged must be fused or cemented in different areas. Simmons was talking about a thirty year oil spill.
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Oil cleanup workers skim for oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Perdido Pass in Orange Beach, Ala., during a heavy rain storm Sunday, Jul

NEW ORLEANS – A federal official said Sunday that scientists are concerned about a seep and possible methane seen near BP's busted oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Both could be signs there are leaks in the well that's been capped off for three days.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because an announcement about the next steps had not yet been made.

The official is familiar with the spill oversight but would not clarify what is seeping near the well. The official said BP is not complying with the government's demand for more monitoring. BP spokesman Mark Salt declined to comment on the allegation, but said "we continue to work very closely with all government scientists on this."

A BP official said the company hoped to leave the cap in place until crews can permanently kill the leak.

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