Oil Expert: BP must ‘keep the well flowing to minimize oil and gas going out into the formation on the side’

Statements by oil and gas industry expert Bob Cavnar on MSNBC:

These stories that are coming out now, the one[s] in the 'New York Times' and the 'Washington Post'... square with what I heard last week from those who were closer to the operation, that they experienced some kind of a failure during the Top Kill operation, and that's one of the reasons they shut down so quickly. ...

Their biggest problem here right now is keeping the well flowing, since I believe they probably can't shut it in, for the fear of an underground blowout. ...

I think they certainly probably they likely had a casing failure during the Top Kill procedure.  ...

The real doomsday scenario here... is if that casing gives up, and it does come through the other strings of pipe.  Remember, it is concentric pipe that holds this well together.  If it comes into the formation, basically, you've got uncontrolled flow to the sea floor.  And that is the doomsday scenario.


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