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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Has the Oil Well Really Been Capped?

Everyone is saying that the well has been capped.

I hope so.

But even the government's spokesman, Thad Allen, isn't saying that it's been capped.

Here's an interchange from yesterday's press briefing:

Joel Achenbach: Yes thank you Admiral, I’m sorry if I’m a little bit confused, is there some concern that there are hydrocarbons in the annulus or is there some kind of reading or was it a model that someone examined and decided this was a concern? Can you explain that just a little bit better?…

Admiral Allen: … We do not know the status of the annulus, OK? It, there could be nothing in it or it could be full of hydrocarbons. It could be full of hydrocarbons that are being pressured up from the reservoir, there could be hydrocarbons that are in there that have been sealed off because cement actually did that from the top kill.

Or there could be a way that because of the seals at the top of the annulus between that and the well head there could be a path for hydrocarbons to go forward. We’ve never known that from the, from the beginning…

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Oil industry expert Bob Cavnar notes: "It's pretty clear they have pressure on the wellhead when they shouldn't." Cavnar translates Allen's comments as meaning:
BP continues to have pressure on the wellhead from down below and have been letting me believe for a week that the well is static.
On August 8th, Cavnar pointed out in a must-read article that it is impossible to say whether or not the well has been capped given the available information:
The problem is that there are lots of questions that remain unanswered. Here's what I want to know:
  • Is the well dead?
  • What is the pressure on the well? Now?
  • If the well is open to the surface, what is that pressure?
  • What was the pressure during the "static kill"? Did it change at any time? What was total volume pumped?
  • What was the pressure during the bullhead cement job? Did you do the "hesitation squeeze" that Kent Wells mentioned in passing? What was displacement volume?
  • How do you know all the cement went down the casing?
  • What was the pressure on the well after the job?
  • Why is the flex joint flange leaking?
  • Why are the ROV feeds no longer provided in a decipherable resolution?
  • Why are some ROV feeds not being provided?
  • Has the well kicked since the bullhead cement job?
  • What pressure did the bullhead cement job test to?
  • Have you had to pump mud into the well since the bullhead cement job? How much?
  • Why are clouds of debris continuing to obscure the view several days after the well was supposedly "static"?
  • Were the rams of the old BOP opened for the static kill or bullhead cement job?
  • If so, could you tell if the drill pipe fish stuck in the BOP dropped into the well?
  • Can you close the blind shear rams now?
  • What is the damage to the rams in the old BOP?
Until these questions are answered by BP, we have no real information to tell us that the well is dead, or even safe. As long as they continue to stonewall critical data, I'll only continue to believe that the well is not "static" or safe.


  1. Thank you for not giving up on this.

    Here is a good link on the geology of the well and its implications for leaks.

    Also, here are a few very good articles on the toxicity of the dispersants. I'm still trying to understand why the EPA would allow widespread and massive use of these toxic dispersants....





    Here is a link about efforts to silence academics

    Here is an analysis of BP's immaculate deception

    There is enough evidence found in these various articles to call into question most BP and government claims about the disaster.

    I hope the public does not stop paying attention because this is not over yet!

  2. Shouldn't 85 million gallons of additional corexit be sprayed on the Gulf just to be sure the oil isn't spreading if it is still leaking? Better to be safe than sorry.

  3. Well, thank you for posting my comment. And if you're still wondering why the EPA allowed the use of corexit, you might reflect on what kind of people blow up oil rigs, launch swine flu hoaxes and have other folks fly airplanes into commercial office buildings when those other folks inside are busy typing, using the phone and hanging around the water cooler. In this particular instance though, it was the Coast Guard that authorized BP's orgasmic urge to spray...and spray...and spray some more. Who knows what they're doing now, but if they ain't spraying they ain't having fun, are they?

  4. Thank you for this. All of these questions need to be answered, and BP have been in charge of literally all the information flow coming out of the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Navy should be down there immediately conducting a forensic investigation.

    And I have one more question: if BP only had one well down there out of the two they applied to drill, why have I apparently caught on video multiple times a second well leaking oil, at coordinates which match very closely the coordinates for the proposed Well B, which BP tell me they never built? If you're interested to read about this, visit my dumb blog that no one reads:



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