BP’s runaway Macondo well was killed and capped in July 2010, but a recurring oil slick in the Gulf in August had rumors swirling that the well had come back to life.
In response to the public pressure, the U.S. Coast Guard asked BP to send remote controlled submarines to the well site late last month to get a closer look. Footage from the ROV visits has finally been posted on the RestoreTheGulf.gov web site the Coast Guard maintains.
The footage was taken at the site of the original Macondo well, in Mississippi Canyon Block 252, and at the nearby relief well that was drilled during the 2010 efforts to stop the leak. The footage was shot on Aug. 25 and Aug. 26 of this year. According to site, the footage “confirmed that there is no release of oil from either well and that both wells are secure.”
And just in case anyone thought BP was pulling a Capricorn One, they added this disclaimer:
The ROV video inspection was conducted in the presence of representatives from the Gulf Coast Incident Management Team (GCIMT) (formerly MC252 Unified Command) located in New Orleans. GCIMT members watching the live video feed included representatives of the US Coast Guard, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, the Department of Interior and representatives from the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.
Of course even that may not be enough to convince everyone the August oil slicks weren’t from the Macondo. Doesn’t that memorial cap on the well in Video 5 look a little crooked to you?
Here are links to all five videos: