BP denies that oil is leaking from cracks in the sea floor on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. But this video shows oil is leaking from rocks. The video starts off slow, but at 2:45, coagulated oil rises from the cracks pretty much confirming this is oil and not mud. Toward the end of the video you see bubbles of gas and can clearly see this a rock formation on the sea floor.
The video was recorded from the Viking Poseidon — ROV 1 on June 13th, 2010 at 2:58 AM EST. Location of the leaking sea floor crack:
For more on the cracks in the sea floor, CLICK HERE.
Meanwhile, the official daily spill estimate has been raised again. In this Bloomberg clip, 35-year oil industry pro Matthew Simmons, who’s been right since day one of the BP oil spill, says the spill is closer to 100,000 barrels per day and that the undersea oil lake now covers 40% of the Gulf of Mexico. Worse still, Simmons says the relief wells will fail because there is no reliable well casing.
The implications of the well casing itself being eroded are ominous. According to one account:
This means that this is now an uncontainable gusher that is literally spewing oil up from dozens of sites across the gulf floor. The massive oil pocket tapped under immense pressure is now spewing out into the seabed. Capping the well does nothing. The oil pocket is tapped, the pipe is eroded and the oil is now spewing up to the ocean floor with intense pressure. Plumes are being generated everywhere. They cannot stop this. Human technology cannot contain a liquid at that pressure, especially at that depth under the ocean. We simply do not have the technology or know-how to fix this. We don’t. The relief wells are essentially useless now because the original well cannot be plugged so oil will always flow out of it regardless of how many other wells they dig.
Meanwhile, Obama allotted only 20 minutes to meet with BP executives this morning to discuss what he himself in last night’s address to the nation called “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.”