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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