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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.
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.
On June 7th, Senator Bill Nelson told MSNBC that he's investigating reports of oil seeping up from additional leak points on the seafloor:
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.
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":
Originally posted by SpectrumX
As someone who lives on the Gulf Coast, in one of the affected areas, I must take exception with your statement that the rest of the nation would be able to "write off the Gulf states." If only it were that simple.
Picture millions of refugees fleeing to other states; states that are already cash-strapped. Imagine the cost of hundreds of thousands of people dying of cancer and other diseases from the toxic air. The devastation would not be contained to the affected states but would likely be the last stake in our already crippled economy. Not to mention the environment.
Originally posted by fixer1967
OK, if this is true then they had better use a nuke NOW if they are going to before it is too late if it is not already too late to nuke it. If so they they do not need to be drilling two relief wells but 20 or 30 relief wells to drop the pressure ASAP before it pushes up the sea floor. I know there is 30,000 feet of rock from the sea floor the main oil pocket but if there is a 100 foot wide hole a hundred feet deep there where the Blowout Preventer is now it is going to be all but impossible to cap off.
The planet is bleeding to death and it seems we are powerless to stop it.