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Gulf awash in 27,000 abandoned wells

• AP

More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades. No one — not industry, not government — is checking to see if they are leaking, an Associated Press investigation shows.

The oldest of these wells were abandoned in the late 1940s, raising the prospect that many deteriorating sealing jobs are already failing.


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ALL Gulf Rig Pipe Casings are STEEL and not no-rust STAINLESS STEEL thus they will all rust in salt water environment from the OUTSIDE IN leaving a nightmare for all to solve. The slicks which have appeared went basically un-noticed since there were apparently no requirements for small spills to be reported from Foreign Owned RIGS in the Gulf. The GULF OIL SPILL could have been stopped in 8 hours flat and can still be stopped in 8 hours flat. See and ask your elected or appointed officials WHY they have not stopped the leaks ! 070710 Tampa, Florida