"This is crazy": BP not tracing source of new crude -- Petroleum engineers say it's possible oil "is moving up around the outside of the sealed well pipe"


LSU confirms oil from BP well; feds collect samples, Press-Register, September 26, 2011:

[...] Neither the government nor BP has conducted testing that could find the spot on the seafloor where the oil is emanating, according to comments from federal agencies. [...]

Petroleum engineers say that it is important to determine where the oil is coming from in order to rule out the possibility that it is moving up around the outside of the sealed well pipe. [...]

Ed Overton, LSU chemist who did most of NOAA’s oil analysis during the spill:

  • “This is crazy. I don’t understand why they are not doing that [using a hydrocarbon sniffer, which can trace oil in the water column from the surface to the seafloor]."
  • "Whether it is coming from the well itself, or coming from the riser pipe, you can’t say unless you go down there and look.”
  • “There’s oil coming up. Where is it coming from? Send an ROV with a sniffer down and see if you see anything. As much money as has been spent, go spend a little more instead of denying that there is a problem.”

 

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