New leak detected near oil spill; U.S. demands action
July 19, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Just when we thought the oil spill disaster was finally over, new evidence suggests there may be a leak near the original explosion site. Earlier BP expressed their optimism that the new well-cap would work well enough that the leak would be contained until August, when relief wells are scheduled to be drilled. The pipes have been experiencing increasing pressure build-up since the new cap was placed on the leak a few days ago.
In light of this concerning news, the U.S. Coast Guard has ordered BP to inform them within four hours if they confirm the leaks. The government has not revealed what chemicals they suspect may be seeping up from the seabed.
The Coast Guard has also demanded that BP give them their plan, in writing, for dealing with the seepage. This plan would include quickly and safely opening the choke valve covering the well. If the choke valve is opened, oil will pour into the ocean again. BP has said in a statement that it has so far spent $3.95 billion on efforts to seal the well, and that it intends to permanently kill the well in the first half of August. Experts say this oil spill may be the greatest man-mad catastrophe in history.