The media has got it wrong; BP's Macondo well remains secure

By Phaedra Friend Troy

BP (NYSE:BP) has issued a release to stop rumors that the Macondo well is leaking in the US Gulf of Mexico.

Various media have reported that BP is investigating an oil sheen in the Gulf, responding with boats and boom.

BP issued a media release saying “none of this is true.” The Macondo well was successfully capped on July 15, 2010, and all oil stopped flowing from the well then. The well was then finally and permanently cemented and sealed on Sept. 19, 2010. The Macondo well is monitored.

Last week, the US Coast Guard asked BP and other operators with assets in the vicinity of Green Canyon Block 504 to investigate a reported oil sheen. BP and other operators did so, and the company concluded that the sheen is not from a BP source.

Additionally, on August 16, 2011, BP reported a produced water sheen in the vicinity of the Thunder Horse platform to the National Response Center. The volume was “extremely small” (estimated at .000108 US gallons), and it came from the facility’s produced water processing unit.

Operations at Thunder Horse were unaffected, and the necessary adjustments to the produced water systems have been made.

BP stresses that neither of these events were anywhere near the Macondo well on Mississippi Canyon Block 252. In fact, Thunder Horse is located about 40 miles south of the Macondo well, and Green Canyon Block 504 is situated about 180 miles southwest of the well.

Green Canyon Block 504 holds the Kakuna prospect and is operated by Nexen Inc.

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