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Guest Post: Is Oil Still Leaking From The Macondo Well? BP Won’t Release Any Information

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Submitted by James Burgess of OilPrice.com,

Back in 2010, an explosion at the deepwater horizon oil rig killed 11 workers and resulted in around 206 million gallons of crude oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico over a period of three months, before the well was finally capped and sealed.

CBS News has just discovered that BP (NYSE:BP) is five days into a new, secret investigation looking for oil seeping from the capped Macondo well.

In September an oil sheen was spotted about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, and tests proved that it was indeed oil from BP’s infamous Macondo well. BP sent a probe down and saw that oil was indeed seeping from the containment dome, however by the 23rd of October they were able to declare the leak “plugged”.

Despite this declaration more oil, in sheens of varying sizes, continues to surface around the Gulf of Mexico, discovered by satellite photos and aerial videos. The culprit is supposed to be an unknown amount of oil that is trapped in the containment dome, and throughout the wreckage of the sunken oil rig.

Ed Markey, who led the initial investigation into BP after the spill back in 2010, has stated that history is repeating itself. Once again BP is remaining tight lipped about the whole situation, and not releasing information requested by Congress, this is despite them having just pleaded guilty to more than a dozen felonies a month ago; including lying to Congress.

Markey is concerned “that substantial amounts of oil could still be leaking from the wreckage.” For two months he and fellow republican Henry Waxman, have been asking BP to release information on the size of the sheens discovered and show the videos taken of the leak in order to try and estimate the amount of oil trapped, but BP have refused to provide the information as it is still investigating the matter itself.

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Mon, 12/17/2012 - 12:58 | 3071332 Dre4dwolf
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I was under the assumption that it never stopped leaking and that the leak was only slowed.

I don't see how they can stop the leak, short of an atomic bomb glassing the sea floor shut, or pouring 1000s of tons of concrete.


It's easier to just dump tons and tons of toxic waste that will force the oil to sink to the sea floor than it is to actually fix the problem ^^...

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:10 | 3071375 boogerbently
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Nothing to see here, move along.

(Fukashima radiation) Problem solved, next!

(Mexico drug cartels) Not our problem.

(Hurricane Sandy) tens of thousands still homeless, jobless, powerless. Yesterdays news.


Mon, 12/17/2012 - 14:09 | 3071531 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Just drill a new well, and start pumping the oil.  The sooner you pump the reservoir dry, the sooner it will stop leaking.   Funny how it is suddenly taboo to drill and pump this oil. 

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 16:01 | 3072252 old naughty
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"...short of an atomic bomb..."

Are you surprised if that didn't work?

Un-natural element is pretty hard to kill.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 06:49 | 3074150 Element
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Well thank fuck for that

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 18:56 | 3072966 Cruel Aid
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No kidding! Effed up world of politics.

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:32 | 3071431 Freddie
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Not that many years ago, BP bought Amoco (Chicago based).  How many wells were drilled in the Gulf under Carter, Reagan, Bush 1 & 2 plus Clinton?  30,000 never a major blowout or stuxnet. 

Dutch offerred to fix it, as they are very good with ocean things, they were told to stay away.  BP (Roth**ild) was given Libya for compensation.  The $10 billion fine funneled money to his cronies and media pals.


Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:48 | 3071466 Freddie
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They should have been allowed to drill a relief well and pumped out the oil.   This would have relived the pressure.  It was a stuxnet deal to kill oil production in the Gulf for the Saudis.

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 14:00 | 3071502 Flakmeister
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I have to hand it to you, you have a truly remarkable imagination...

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 14:55 | 3071830 Likstane
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When your brain isn't all twisted up from watching TEEVEE, these things become obvious!  Maybe you should toss out your wide screen shit reciever.

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 15:05 | 3071896 Flakmeister
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Beg pardon?

Are you talking to me?

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 01:42 | 3073942 Likstane
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F. O.

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 07:33 | 3074159 Element
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Have to agree with you flak. +1

Lithostatic pressure doesn't go away, it's constant. It's caused by the total mass of all the rock pressing down above the trap. Fill a bucket with sand, pick it up. Real heavy stuff, huh? Well crytalised rock is even heavier. and it is not unusual to have 3 to 4 km depth of rock above the structural-trap formation. So unless you remove the rock the pressure can't go down, atleast not for long, as the pore spaces between mineral grains will just slowly begin to crush closed and shit squirts or seeps out still. It's why natural seeps occur without drilling. Makes you wonder where they think all the 'pressure' in the trap fluid came from? All those overburden buckets sitting atop. So pumping is a temporary bandaid at best. But if you removed all the rock to drop the pressure, then ... real big gloopy mess in ocean.

So please stop saying to 'nuke' the thing you complete dumb-fucks!

But even so, say you did want to pump the oil, has it escaped your attention that the rig burned and sank? What are you going to do, pull one out of your ass?

Amazing to see people online with no science education talking pure unadulterated bullcrap about oil, fossils, earthquakes or 'big cracks in the earth'(lol), or any sort of geological phenomena at all really, without a shred of geophysical or geochemical experience or geological feild experience. And couldn't even tell you what primary rock type a sample you handed them was.

But because they're so gifted that they don't need a bit of knowledge and experience shittery.

But in the real world would they even have the temerity to tell a parking-meter attendent the ins and outs of their job?

But they'll slam you if you have the outragous gall to tell them how it really is (as just happened to you above lol)




(I guess you see a bit of that sometimes flak .. still think ur barking-up completely the wrong tree though ... jus sayin)

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 15:34 | 3072071 ToNYC
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The leak exhibited "Rise Above" and non-partisan as money blinding fact-checkers with curtains and waves of fear and ignorance...keeping connected to disconnection is working.

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 20:13 | 3073176 ersatzteil
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There's a short clip on youtube detailing Soviet use of low-yield nuclear weapons to close oil or natural gas leaks. They would drill at an angle to the well, drop the bomb in there, and set it off.

Then they'd dump more topsoil over the area, measure for radiation (very minimal surprisingly) and try another spot to retrieve the oil from.

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 12:58 | 3071333 malikai
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Gulf shrimp pate, anyone?

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:58 | 3071493 LeisureSmith
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Url got up in my skrimp. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO2uAKwhB0Q

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:00 | 3071338 zerozulu
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Whole America is leaking. apparently no one cares.

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:15 | 3071387 Ignatius
Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:00 | 3071343 Joe Davola
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Neither Markey nor Waxman are Republicans.

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:37 | 3071442 lasvegaspersona
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thank you

Waxman is a communist and I'm sure would be upset if you labeled him an R.

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 14:13 | 3071557 Jack Burton
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I spent some time in the USSR when the communists still controlled Russia and all of Eastern Europe. When you call Waxman a communist, are you sure you understand what communism was?  I don't know Waxman at all, but if he were a communist, he would be front page news. A communist is easy to spot and there are plenty of commie hunters in the US corporate media, why has he not been unmasked in public?

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 14:21 | 3071608 MassDecep
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The Communism ideology you knew of yesterday is replaced by your average Satanist Psychopath today. Congress is full of them, and so are most leaders in this world. Get use to it, they love death.  

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:03 | 3071346 francis_sawyer
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Oh my... So does this mean that Tyler Durden is pissing in your 'corexit' laced shrimp bisque... My final word is... If you're at that table for dinner ~ you've earned what's comng to you...

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:04 | 3071355 walcott
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some shrimp tail with that corexit mam?

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:06 | 3071362 francis_sawyer
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Benjamin Buford Blue is rolling over in his grave...

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:05 | 3071356 tooriskytoinvest
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Oil Spill in Staten Island Whaters, NY!!! AGAIN!!! 158,000 gallons reported released so far!!!



Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:07 | 3071365 Confused
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Surprise surprise.........

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:08 | 3071369 Rainman
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Sorry ass undeniable fact #1 : Humans will walk the Gulf beaches barefoot for the next hundred years with their soles painted by tar balls.

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:11 | 3071378 boogerbently
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I grew up near Huntington Beach, tar balls will just be considered part of a beach trip.

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:21 | 3071396 Rainman
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Same thing goes for Santa Barbara, now the # 3 largest oil spill from 1969


Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:54 | 3071481 Freddie
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Where I grew up there was no oil drilling for thousands of miles.  We still had tar balls.   My guess is it was either crack in the mantle with oil seeps which is normal or freighters dumping bunker oil. 

Macondo was a stuxnet event.  They could not find a Manchurian candidate white kid who played video games, took meds and pa was involved in LiborGate to take the fall.


Mon, 12/17/2012 - 14:17 | 3071575 Jack Burton
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Crack in the crust. Mantle is under the crust and below any oil deposits not already subducted into the mantle.

I do know that oil leaks from some  deposits under the sea from time to time. So there is some natural tar ball formations.


Mon, 12/17/2012 - 22:11 | 3073508 GoingLoonie
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Those tar balls are from the ships flushing their tanks with sea water on their way into port.  It was that way in Miami, FL in the 80's, but the Coast Guard finally got control of it.  Haven't seen it for a decade.

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:24 | 3071412 q99x2
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It's probably leaking and might be ready to do it all over again. That's the way the banksters treat the enviroment. They then collect carbon taxes from the Aussies to pay the fines. 

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:33 | 3071437 4exNinja
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Here's what will happen about it: NOTHING

BP will open another factory in Dallas and politicians will conveniently look the other way...allowing BP to piss all over US landscape in the process. At the same time they will make fines for misbehavior like that so low, companies like BP will look at it as an "expense" rather than a fine. 

That's what you get by having a political system that is no better than that of a mafia state like Russia...it's all legalized bribary.

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:40 | 3071447 Flakmeister
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Its just God blessing us with his abiotic manna from the deep....

Sit back and bask in our gift...

At least that is what Joe Barton told me...

You know, the guy that apologized to BP right after the blow out...

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:55 | 3071483 4exNinja
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Every time someone tries to argue rationally using religion I wanna punch him in the face...before going "now be a good Christian and show me your other cheek" before dealing another blow. 

When it comes to stuff like the economy or science people should use logic instead of bloody fairy tales to form their bias. 

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 14:18 | 3071584 Jack Burton
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4exNinja, Here, here!

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 16:02 | 3072260 mkhs
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 When it comes to stuff like the economy or science people should use logic


Logic with economics?  Made me laugh.

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:46 | 3071458 Cursive
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I imagine Captain Nemo, dodging the undersea plumes of oil and crying that his undersea paradise is lost.

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 13:55 | 3071484 notadouche
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I do believe that if GWB were still in the White House the MSM would have been all over this all day every day.  I did not vote for GWB.   I am just being intellectually honest in how the MSM is not doing their jobs in objectively covering and questioning government.  Well they do question why the Republicans in congress won't compromise with the president.  I have never heard why the president won't compromise with republicans.  No party is totally right or totally wrong on every single issue.   When the MSM quit objectively covering and questioning government, that is the first day you know your nation is doomed.   Would any media outlet today have the balls to print the Pentagon Papers today?  I doubt it.

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 14:00 | 3071499 4exNinja
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The media have long given up their job of holding the government and companies accountable. They are now pure propaganda machines...

On the left we have MSNBC...who never criticize Obama.

On the right we have FOX...who have a stellar track record of lying...the the point where people NOT watching the news at all are BETTER informed than the average Fox viewer.

And in the middle we have CNN not saying anything really other than "let's have a look at what people on Twitter say". 

Some of the online media outlets are getting better though, Current TV is actually pretty good overall...but of course they only reach a tiny minority of the population. 

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 14:06 | 3071515 Flakmeister
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Fox is right wing infotainment...

MSNBC is leftwing infotainment...

CNN is completely irrelevant...

CBS, NBC and ABC are vapid and all but vacuous...

Which leaves NPR, but they don;t have pretty pictures and video....

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 14:31 | 3071669 marathonman
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And NPR is run by the US government.  How unbiased do you think they are really going to be?

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 15:03 | 3071887 Flakmeister
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My money is on you being one of the people that came up short in the Farliegh Dickenson study...


Mon, 12/17/2012 - 14:15 | 3071567 notadouche
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But they are all real good in racing for the dumbest catchy slogans like "Lean Forward".  

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 14:23 | 3071625 Flakmeister
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No truth to the rumor that Fox was toying with "Bend Over" as a new slogan...

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 16:16 | 3072341 notadouche
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Wow thumbs down for a call to an honest and objective media that acts without cowardice.  Well alrighty then.

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 14:25 | 3071632 l.kimbot
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it's not like we''re doing any better on land as well.  let's just finish destroying all of it.  word is we can all move to the moon and mars.

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