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BP Official Admits Damage To Gulf Oil ‘Well Casing’ Below Seabed

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June 12, 2010: Washington’s Blog Editors / Washington’s Blog - June 12, 2010

As I noted Tuesday, there is growing evidence that BP’s oil well – technically called the “well casing” or “well bore” – has suffered damage beneath the level of the sea floor.

The evidence is growing stronger and stronger that there is substantial damage beneath the sea floor. Indeed, it appears that BP officials themselves have admitted to such damage. This has enormous impacts on both the amount of oil leaking into the Gulf, and the prospects for quickly stopping the leak this summer.

On May 31st, the Washington Post noted: Sources at two companies involved with the well said that BP also discovered new damage inside the well below the seafloor and that, as a result, some of the drilling mud that was successfully forced into the well was going off to the side into rock formations. “We discovered things that were broken in the sub-surface,” said a BP official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He said that mud was making it “out to the side, into the formation.”

On June 2nd, Bloomberg pointed out: Plugging the well is another challenge even after BP successfully intersects it, Robert Bea, a University of California Berkeley engineering professor, said. BP has said it believes the well bore to be damaged, which could hamper efforts to fill it with mud and set a concrete plug, Bea said. Bea is an expert in offshore drilling and a high-level governmental adviser concerning disasters.

On the same day, the Wall Street Journal noted that there might be a leak in BP’s well casing 1,000 feet beneath the sea floor: BP PLC has concluded that its “top-kill” attempt last week to seal its broken well in the Gulf of Mexico may have failed due to a malfunctioning disk inside the well about 1,000 feet below the ocean floor.

The broken disk may have prevented the heavy drilling mud injected into the well last week from getting far enough down the well to overcome the pressure from the escaping oil and gas, people familiar with BP’s findings said. They said much of the drilling mud may also have escaped from the well into the rock formation outside the wellbore.

On June 7th, Senator Bill Nelson told MSNBC that he’s investigating reports of oil seeping up from additional leak points on the seafloor: Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL): Andrea we’re looking into something new right now, that there’s reports of oil that’s seeping up from the seabed… which would indicate, if that’s true, that the well casing itself is actually pierced… underneath the seabed. So, you know, the problems could be just enormous with what we’re facing.

Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC: Now let me understand better what you’re saying. If that is true that it is coming up form that seabed, even the relief well won’t be the final solution to cap this thing. That means that we’ve got oil gushing up at disparate places along the ocean floor.

Sen. Nelson: That is possible, unless you get the plug down low enough, below where the pipe would be breached…

Indeed, loss of integrity in the well itself may explain why BP is drilling its relief wells more than ten thousand feet beneath the leaking pipes on the seafloor (and see this). Yesterday, recently-retired Shell Oil President John Hofmeister said that the well casing below the sea floor may have been compromised:

[Question] What are the chances that the well casing below the sea floor has been compromised, and that gas and oil are coming up the outside of the well casing, eroding the surrounding soft rock. Could this lead to a catastrophic geological failure, unstoppable even by the relief wells?

John Hofmeister: This is what some people fear has occurred. It is also why the “top kill” process was halted. If the casing is compromised the well is that much more difficult to shut down, including the risk that the relief wells may not be enough. If the relief wells do not result in stopping the flow, the next and drastic step is to implode the well on top of itself, which carries other risks as well.

As noted yesterday in The Engineer magazine, an official from Cameron International – the manufacturer of the blowout preventer for BP’s leaking oil drilling operation – noted that one cause of the failure of the BOP could have been damage to the well bore: Steel casing or casing hanger could have been ejected from the well and blocked the operation of the rams.

Oil industry expert Rob Cavner believes that the casing might be damaged beneath the sea floor, noting: The real doomsday scenario here… is if that casing gives up, and it does come through the other strings of pipe. Remember, it is concentric pipe that holds this well together. If it comes into the formation, basically, you‘ve got uncontrolled [oil] flow to the sea floor. And that is the doomsday scenario. Cavner also said BP must “keep the well flowing to minimize oil and gas going out into the formation on the side”…

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: If indeed the well casing has been damaged, the only possible solution left may be the use of a small nuclear device to seal the breach. However, if that fails, this volcano of oil could conceivably empty its entire contents into the Gulf of Mexico and ultimately kill everything in its path, thus wiping out entire communities and their respective economies for decades to come – SJH

Link to entire article with more video below…

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/06/evidence-points-to-destruction-beneath.html

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  1. Well well well .. America going to war with countries for oil – now they’re swimming in it !

    Piet Pompies

    June 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    • That what the ‘Whale’ is used for; skimming the oil from the gulf.

      tangel476

      July 16, 2010 at 2:31 pm

  2. Piet Pompies,

    The global elite who have hijacked America have been going to war for the establishment of a world government under the pretense of an oil shortage to enact draconian carbon taxes on the global economy to virtually enslave humanity and institute their depopulation agendas.

    Oil is abiotic, it is generated from the earth. Not the bullshit peak oil fraud that it comes from dead dinosaurs that the government educational systems spew out in the schools and the media. Thus oil wells refilling over time.

    Well, well, well… Get the picture?!

    - SJH

    Steven John Hibbs

    June 18, 2010 at 12:44 am

  3. Well, well, well Sierra Club…. satisfied?

    NW316

    June 21, 2010 at 11:24 am

  4. This will be plugged,much damage has been done,but it will heal in time.
    Our biggest problem in the US is that our congress has been hijacked by Zionists and that we are at war and will continue to be from the sick association and dedication to protecting Israel & their war crimes.

    Dave

    July 16, 2010 at 10:33 am

    • WHAT AN IDIOT, OH YEAH ISRAEL HAS REALLY HAD A LOT OF WAR CRIMES, NOT TO MENTION SCREAMING WHEN THEY WERE SHOT DOWN BY THE NAZIS IN WWII, OR DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT???? OR MAYBE THEIR CRIME WAS PROTECTING THEIR COUNTRY. ALL OTHER COUNTRIES CAN, BUT DON’T LET ISRAEL DO THAT. DID YOU NOTICE MY LAST NAME. I THINK ANYONE WOULD KNOW IT IS GERMAN. OH MY.

      BJFREDERICK

      July 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm

  5. Chris Landau: BP Cap will not stop leak from ocean floor

    Chris has worked on about 70 Oil Wells. He is a Geologist who has written dozens of articles as the Gulf Oil Spill has unfolded.

    morris

    July 16, 2010 at 11:11 am

  6. BJFREDERICK,

    First of all, what the hell does your outlandish comment have to do with this article or the Gulf oil disaster?

    Secondly, in regard to Israel protecting their nation – Israel did not become a nation until May 14, 1948… After WWII ended!

    “OR DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT????”

    Stick to the topic at hand and take your pro-Zionist bullshit elsewhere!

    - SJH

    Steven John Hibbs

    July 16, 2010 at 2:04 pm

  7. BJFREDERICK,

    And just as a footnote in regard to ‘war crimes’ committed by Israel, I suggest you research the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, the endless slaughter and genocide of Palestinians, their rogue nuclear program and the Gaza Aid Flotilla massacre of 2010!

    Now, back to the topic at hand…

    - SJH

    Steven John Hibbs

    July 16, 2010 at 2:44 pm

  8. New Oilgeddon video just released…

    You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh again — then you’ll die.

    TellMeNoLies

    July 16, 2010 at 11:46 pm

  9. Tell Me No Lies,

    You’re right! I added it to the latest article… Thanks!

    http://stevenjohnhibbs.wordpress.com/2010/07/16/bp-and-feds-puzzled-by-failing-capped-well-head-pressure-test/

    - SJH

    Steven John Hibbs

    July 17, 2010 at 12:29 am


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