Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsEarth Sciences & Geology · 10 years ago

What triggered the Oil Leak in the Gulf of Mexico?

4 Answers

  • 10 years ago
    Best Answer

    Somehow the weight of the fluid in either the drillstring or the casing became unweighted and the formation pressure was transmitted to the drilling rig (a blowout).

    A Blowout preventor mounted on the sea floor is supposed to activate by squeezing off the wellhead, cutting the drillstring if necessary. For some reason, the blowout preventor failed to activate.

  • 10 years ago

    it was an oil mine that had exploded or leaked in the gulf of mexico that caused it to spread around, some animals were saved some weren't.

  • 10 years ago

    I Believe it was caused by an explosion that happend on an oil platform while they were adjusting a pump they had placed in the oil deposit, the pump had not been re-enforced with concrete or anything so it snapped on the impact of the explosion.

  • 10 years ago

    By both design and accident.

    Source(s): My manual
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