Amid Reports of ‘Seepage,’ Allen Calls on BP for Detailed Plan
Amid reports of seepage near the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen wrote to BP yesterday calling for a detailed response plan outlining the steps the company will take to minimize the amount of oil spilling into the ocean until relief wells that should offer a permanent solution to the leak are completed.
The letter came just hours after BP sounded positive notes in its effort to temporarily cap the well, saying initial tests indicated that the cap could hold until the wells are finished. But the letter from Allen references a “detected seep a distance from the well and undetermined anomalies at the well head.”
As you develop the plans above, note that the primary method of securing the source is the relief well and this effort takes precedence. Therefore, I direct you to provide a detailed plan for the final stages of the relief well that specifically addresses the interaction of this schedule and any other activity that may potentially delay relief well completion.