The initial forty hour watch on a temporary cap on the well in the Gulf of Mexico appeared to be working, but now there are reports of a seep and possible methane seen near BP’s busted oil well.
An official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because as of this report an announcement about the next steps had not yet been made. The seep and possible methane could be signs there are leaks in the well that’s been capped off for three days, but again there is no official word.
The concern all along , since pressure readings on the cap weren’t as high as expected, was a leak elsewhere meaning the cap may have to be reopened to prevent the environmental disaster from becoming even worse and harder to fix.
The AP reports the official is familiar with the spill oversight but would not clarify what is seeping near the well. The official said BP is not complying with the government’s demand for more monitoring. BP spokesman Mark Salt declined to comment on the allegation, but said “we continue to work very closely with all government scientists on this.”
Other scientists assisting in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill include Rhode Island native Chris Reddy. Last week Reddy testified before the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling earlier this week. Reddy is a chemist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and had attended the University of Rhode Island.
Before the panel Reddy, expressed his frustrations about fellow scientist who are making predictions that may not have any scientific background and in his opinion he thought the decision by government officials in the clean up efforts of the BP oil spill appear sound.
On Sunday Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the Obama administration’s spill response chief, insisted that “nothing has changed” since Saturday, when he said oil would eventually be piped to surface ships. The government is overseeing BP’s work to stop the leak, which ultimately is to be plugged using a relief well.
As of the latest AP report of possible methane, the official, who would not clarify what is seeping near the well, also said BP is not complying with the government’s demand for more monitoring. BP spokesman Mark Salt declined to comment on the allegation, but said “we continue to work very closely with all government scientists on this.”
AP Photo: Vessels operate at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico Saturday, July17, 2010. BP’s 48-hour trial run of a cap blocking oil from streaming into the Gulf of Mexico video footage showed the well was still plugged. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)