Oil platform, Louisiana coast. Photo source: ©© MGuilt
Crews worked Wednesday to seal an old oil and gas well off the Louisiana coast that began leaking during work to plug it permanently…
3,200 Gulf wells unplugged, unprotected lie abandoned beneath the Gulf of Mexico (Uploaded 04-20-2011)
More than 3,200 oil and gas wells classified as active lie abandoned beneath the Gulf of Mexico, with no cement plugging to help prevent leaks that could threaten the same waters fouled by last year’s BP spill. These wells likely pose an even greater environmental threat than the 27,000 wells in the Gulf that have been plugged and classified officially as “permanently abandoned” or “temporarily abandoned.”
Abandoned oil wells make Gulf of Mexico ‘environmental minefield’, Guardian UK (Uploaded 07-07-2010)
The Gulf of Mexico is packed with abandoned oil wells from a host of companies including BP, according to an investigation by Associated Press, which describes the area as “an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades”.