Many have been asking about the current state of the previously gushing BP Oil Well at the Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico. The following questions have been coming fast and furiously since the well was capped.
Is it still leaking at the wellhead? Has the wellhead been pierced? Are there other wells leaking in the region?
Are there methane seeps in the area around the well? Are there other leaks in the area coming from this well?
Has the well been breached? Is it beyond repair? How deep are the leaks and breaches?
Has the well-casing been compromised? Has the well-bore lost its integrity? Did the methane explosion undermine the foundation of the wellhead?
Why was the cementing plan not executed according to industry SOP’s? Has the pressure (high psi) forced effluent through cracks and fissures in the cement?
Is BP considering a nuclear option?! Are the relief wells about this? If so, what are the potential consequences should BP execute such a plan?
What is the purpose of the upcoming top kill operation by BP, and will it work? What is the likelihood of success of the relief wells?
What are the prospects of this well ever being permanently sealed? Should BP have ever drilled this well in the first place? Why has so much gone wrong with the entire process of drilling, and then capping this seemingly untamable oil gusher?
For the first time we have received a pictorial rendition of what may have occurred over the several stages of developing the Macondo Prospect oil well. Full credit goes to BK Lim for publishing these revealing diagrams on alternative news websites. It is quite consistent with reports and assessments that we have received over the past three and a half months since the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon.
Again, we express our deepest gratitude to BK Lim for these diagrammatic portrayals of the well gone bad at the Macondo Prospect.
Dr. Tom Termotto, BCIM
Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference (International Citizens’ Initiative)
Diagrammatic Illustration of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Blowout
By BK Lim
All diagrams created by BK LIM