Newsweek: BOP “tilting noticeably”, “Very possible that there are subfloor leaks” says expert


Efforts to stop the flow may have set the stage for an even bigger catastrophe.

The Oil Spill's Worst-Case Scenario?, Newsweek, June 23, 2010:

It's possible that hydrocarbons are leaking out the bottom or sides of the well. If so, they might erode surrounding sediments and undermine the foundation upon which the 450-ton blowout preventer sits. If such leaks aren't sealed off in time, the entire structure could topple over. ...

[A] handful of clues suggest that the company is concerned. On Friday, BP spokesperson Toby Odone acknowledged that the 45-ton stack of the blowout preventer was tilting noticeably...

At this point, some experts say, additional leaks wouldn't matter much. "It's very possible that there are subfloor leaks," says [Oil geophysicist at Columbia University, Roger] Anderson.

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/06/23/the-oil-spill-s-worst-case-scenario.html

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