BP: Oil sheen not from well

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Oil sheen observed in the vicinity of the plugged BP Macondo oil well is not coming from the capped well, the company reported Friday in a statement via The News Service of Florida. The company’s assertion follows an inspection of the site conducted in front of Coast Guard and other public officials overseeing cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. “On Aug. 25, 2011, BP confirmed through a standard visual wellhead inspection that there is no release of oil from the Macondo well (MC252),” the company said in a statement Friday. “In addition, BP also conducted a visual inspection of the Macondo relief well confirming the same result.” The company undertook the tests after press reports earlier this week showed oil rising to the surface near the well, which was capped last year with 5,000 feet of cement placed in the drill hole. A visual inspection conducted by remotely operated vehicles found no evidence that oil bubbling to the surface was a result of well leakage but more likely was residual oil from the capping process itself.

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