BP relief well threatens another uncontrolled oil spi

Monday, August 16, 2010
By Paul Martin

August 16th, 2010

BP relief well threatens another uncontrolled oil spill

There have been previously undisclosed reasons for BP’s continual delays for the completion of the relief well, not the least of which is the danger of another “uncontrolled release of crude.”

In addition to admitting that 1,000 barrels of oil remain trapped in the area around the casing known as the annulus, BP has now acknowledged that the relief well could cause another oil spill.

Bloomberg reports, U.S. officials fear new leaks may form when the company pumps in more mud and cement into the bottom of the well for the final plug. Although exactly what would cause those leaks was not disclosed.

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