Feds admit NOT observing seafloor for anomalies; Relying on BP to report problems (VIDEO)


Press Briefing by National Incident Commander Thad Allen, August 14, 2010 at 2 p.m. EDT:

Nancy MacKenzie: Hi, Admiral. Thanks for taking my call. I was wondering, it seems on the ROV feeds that there seems to be more activity on the seabed and I was wondering if you all have noticed or recorded any more anomalies?

Thad Allen: We get a report every morning from BP about the last 24 hours. In fact, I sat in on a call this morning and they indicated no anomalies and that was either from visually from the ROVs, acoustically from the geophones or any other sensors they have down there, including any variation in temperature or vibration.

That -- there's a standard report for every 24 hours, it's given at the -- like, the morning brief by the BP engineers in Houston, but we continue to see some gas bubbles from some of the flanges on the capping stack and blowout preventer, but they're very small bubbles and there's some hydrate formation. That's attributed to the leakage around some of the flanges and some of the gaskets. But in regards to an integrity of the well itself with the sea floor, we have seen no anomalies.

Recent 'anomalies':

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