An AUTOPSY of the BP Gulf Oil Well at the Macondo Prospect
Phoenix Rising from the Gulf
August 3, 2010
Many have been asking about the current state of the previously gushing BP Oil Well at the Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico. The following questions have been coming fast and furiously since the well was capped.
Is it still leaking at the wellhead? Has the wellhead been pierced? Are there other wells leaking in the region?
Are there methane seeps in the area around the well? Are there other leaks in the area coming from this well?
Has the well been breached? Is it beyond repair? How deep are the leaks and breaches?
Has the well-casing been compromised? Has the well-bore lost its integrity? Did the methane explosion undermine the foundation of the wellhead?
Why was the cementing plan not executed according to industry SOP’s? Has the pressure (high psi) forced effluent through cracks and fissures in the cement?
Is BP considering a nuclear option?! Are the relief wells about this? If so, what are the potential consequences should BP execute such a plan?