Blown-out BP well cracked and leaking since February


Cracks Show BP Battled Well Two Months Before Blast, Bloomberg, June 17, 2010:

On Feb. 13, BP told the minerals service it was trying to seal cracks in the well about 40 miles (64 kilometers) off the Louisiana coast, drilling documents obtained by Bloomberg show. ...

Over the following week the company made repeated attempts to plug cracks that were draining expensive drilling fluid, known as 'mud,' into the surrounding rocks. ...

In early March, BP told the minerals agency the company was having trouble maintaining control of surging natural gas, according to e-mails released May 30 by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is investigating the spill. ...

On March 10, BP executive Scherie Douglas e-mailed Frank Patton, the mineral service's drilling engineer for the New Orleans district, telling him: "We're in the midst of a well control situation."

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