ALERT: Oil fluids expert says “UNCERTAINTY” whether BP’s cement job was enough “to keep oil and gas from finding its way up”

Risks remain with Gulf well cap coming off, AP, September 2, 2010:

[The] government wasn’t offering any guarantees [about removing the BOP & capping stack] and oil collection vessels were set to be on standby on the surface just in case. …

Rice University engineering professor George Hirasaki said there is still uncertainty about whether the cement settled everywhere it needed to in order to keep oil and gas from finding its way up. “Just because it didn’t flow when they tested it doesn’t mean the cement displaced all of the oil and gas,” Hirasaki said. …

Hirasaki, who was involved in the oil containment effort in the Bay Marchand field off Louisiana after a rig burned in the early 1970s.

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