BP’s Gulf Oil Well Is Leaking Again: “It’s A Dead Ringer For The [BP] Oil, As Good A Match As I’ve Seen”
by George Washington
Leaking Oil Is a “Dead Ringer” For Oil From BP’s Gulf Well
The Press-Register reports today:
Scientific analysis has confirmed that oil bubbling up above BP’s sealed Deepwater Horizon well in recent days is a chemical match for the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed into the Gulf last summer.
The Press-Register collected samples of the oil about a mile from the well site on Tuesday and provided them to Ed Overton and Scott Miles, chemists with Louisiana State University.
The pair did much of the chemical work used by federal officials to fingerprint the BP oil, known as MC252.
“After examining the data, I think it’s a dead ringer for the MC252 oil, as good a match as I’ve seen,” Overton wrote in an email to the newspaper. “My guess is that it is probably coming from the broken riser pipe or sunken platform. … However, it should be confirmed, just to make sure there is no leak from the plugged well.”
MC252 is short for Macondo block 252, which is the official designation for the location of last year’s BP Gulf oil spill.
Overton is a LSU professor and oil spill expert, who has been a lead NOAA consultant for decades, and who analyzing Macondo oil samples last year for the federal government.
Here is video the Press-Register shot a couple of days ago: