Media NO LONGER reporting on seeps 100-200 meters from well (VIDEO)


MSNBC's Morning Rundown on July 20, 2010 at 9:03 a.m. EST only informs public about the seep 3km away, bubbles around the base of blowout preventer, and leak in the flange of the capping stack.

The seepage 100-200 from the well was discussed during yesterday's press conference by  National Incident Commander Thad Allen.

Rush Transcript Excerpts

There have been three general areas of anomalies detected since the 17th of July…

First was seepage located 3 nautical miles from wellhead, we do not believe related to Macondo well, but doing tests…

We also have picked up some anomalies within several hundred meters of the wellhead itself… continuing to take a look at that and what that might portend…

Finally, we do have some bubbles that have arisen around the base of the legacy blowout preventer… overnight we established leakage in the capping stack itself. …

Leakage occurring in flange, and hydrate formation on the capping stack. Do not know, do not believe this is consequential at this time. …

So we have the things we’re seeing:

- Right around the capping stack.
- A couple of anomalies detected 100-200 meters around the well.
- And then the anomaly detected on the 17th of July out to 3km [said 3 nautical miles originally].

No indication at this time that this is any indication of a significant problem in the well bore, but we are running these anomalies down.

There are some indications the seepage 3km away may not be related to this well. …

In closer to the well we are taking samples of the gas itself, traces of methane have been found near the base of the blowout preventer.

Bob Cavnar is rather concerned with these seepages 100-200 meters from the well, from Oil leaking from cap on ruptured well, MSNBC, July 19, 2010 at 8:05pm:

MSNBC: Is it possible we face some sort of mini earthquake down there in that surface that would rip open, in effect rip open the well to even greater exposure than we have already seen?

BOB CAVNAR, Oil and gas industry expert: You know, these seeps that the admiral talked about within 100 meters of the well concern me some... The ones close really concern me.

And there is a possibility, if you look at the well diagram which is complicated and i won't get into it. There is a path for oil and gas to get out into the sub strata. And I'm concerned about that. I'm more concerned about the wellhead integrity itself. I think there is an issue there.

National Incident Commander Thad Allen, Press Conference, July 19, 2010 at 5:10 p.m. EDT:

Rush Transcript Excerpts, starts 2:00 minutes in

There have been three general areas of anomalies detected since the 17th of July…

First was seepage located 3 nautical miles from wellhead, we do not believe related to Macondo well, but doing tests…

We also have picked up some anomalies within several hundred meters of the wellhead itself… continuing to take a look at that and what that might portend…

Finally, we do have some bubbles that have arisen around the base of the legacy blowout preventer… overnight we established leakage in the capping stack itself. …

Leakage occurring in flange, and hydrate formation on the capping stack. Do not know, do not believe this is consequential at this time. …

So we have the things we’re seeing:

- Right around the capping stack.
- A couple of anomalies detected 100-200 meters around the well.
- And then the anomaly detected on the 17th of July out to 3km [said 3 nautical miles originally].

No indication at this time that this is any indication of a significant problem in the well bore, but we are running these anomalies down.

There are some indications the seepage 3km away may not be related to this well. …

In closer to the well we are taking samples of the gas itself, traces of methane have been found near the base of the blowout preventer.

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