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The truly frightening part of this development, as reported in a previous post (see below), is the oil may be coming from cracks and fissures in the seafloor caused by the work BP did during its failed attempts to cap the runaway Macondo Well – and that type of leakage can’t be stopped, ever.
Sheen Emanated From BP Platform in Gulf
A band of silvery sheen was spotted emanating from BP PLC's Thunderhorse platform Tuesday in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, though the company ...
Originally posted by OuttaTime
reply to post by Perplexedandconfused
I'd imagine it is a continuing disaster. BP failed to address the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that was pushed to the ocean floor from the millions of gallons of dispersant they sprayed over it. They also did not address the issues of multiple fissures and leaks in other areas surrounding the horizon well-point (as well as the rises and drops newly formed over Macondo). They managed to plug it, but the areas surrounding the well casing are already liquefacted and subjugated so the pressure underneath the well is more than likely tunneling its way back up to the ocean floor, and into the sea.
If there's a small slick above the well on the surface, there's probably 1000 times that much beneath the surface in pockets and swarms.
BP has reactivated its Vessels of Opportunity (VoO) program to handle cleanup. It’s a sickeningly familiar scene that has fishermen, researchers and public officials searching for answers, as haunting memories of last year’s calamity come roaring back. The fifty-thousand-dollar question, of course, is where is all the new oil coming from? One theory: The Macondo Well site, located just 40 miles off the Louisiana coast, is still leaking untold amounts of oil into the Gulf. Some argue that the casing on the capped well itself is leaking. Others believe oil is seeping through cracks and fissures in the seafloor caused by months of high-impact work on the site, including a range of recovery activities (some disclosed, some not) as well as the abortive “top kill” effort.