On Video: The Well BP Says Does Not Exist


This little mathematical exercise is based on a shortened version of the video which Fintan Dunne sent me, so thanks once more to him. Here is the video in question, showing the well which BP insists does not exist, Well B:


Going back to the basics for the readers here, I’ll cut and paste from my own blog where I’ve been investigating this story for weeks. For any newer people not familiar with my investigation and conspiracy theory, BP only admit to having drilled one well at the MC252 survey site, the so-called Macondo well. They applied with the government to drill two, a bit less than 300 feet apart from each other. BP’s own press relations officer, Ms. Shirley Williams, told me personally that:

BP ‘s exploration plans for Mississippi Canyon, Block 252, references two possible well locations — well location “A” and well location “B.” But BP eventually sought and received approval to drill only one well — a well at the “A” location referenced in the exploration plan. This one well is now known as the MC252 (or Macondo) exploratory well. The Transocean Marianas rig started drilling the MC252 exploratory well in October 2009. The Marianas rig was subsequently damaged by Hurricane Ida, so in February 2009 the Transocean Deepwater Horizon was brought in to finish the well.

So according to BP’s official line these days, only one well was drilled and equipment installed only at one of the proposed sites. But according to the interview that 60 minutes did with Mike Williams, a senior member of Deepwater Horizon’s crew, the well that they were drilling, the one that blew out, was the second — the first well had to be capped and abandoned after problems developed in the well and casing. Nearly every single video you have ever seen on TV and on the Internet is indeed of the well at site A, the only well that BP admit exists.

I have combed through hundreds and hundreds of videos online to find the extraordinarily rare ones which do indeed show what Mike Williams was speaking of on 60 Minutes — that there is a second well, it was damaged and, at least a handful of times, BP forgot to cut the publicly available, live streaming feeds from their ROV cameras when they were surveying that second well. It does exist and you are about to see it.

It is important to remember that Lamber coordinates, the coordinate system which the ROVs’ navigation systems use, are denominated in feet. The video shows X=1202544.78 and Y=10431529.31 at the ROV’s steadiest point, and BP’s  Initial Exploration Plan calls for Well B to be drilled at the point centered at X=1202514.00 and Y=10431494.00.


This means the ROV is 30.78 feet away from Well B’s center on the X-axis (east-west) and 35.31 feet away on the Y-axis (north-south). So that’s 46.84 feet in a straight line between the ROV and the well it’s looking at, if I calculated correctly (being the hypotenuse of a right triangle with bases 30.78 and 35.31). Honestly I didn’t trust my own knowledge of geometry, so I used Wolfram Alpha to cheat. But this certainly looks to be a correct range considering how far away the equipment stack appears in the video. Now here is the location of Well A:

Taking the same coordinates from the video, the ROV would have been 259.1 feet away from Well A on the X-axis and 87.69 feet distant on the Y, for a straight-line distance of 273.537 feet. So the Skandi Neptune ROV 2 was more than five times closer to site B than A when this video was captured. It’s obvious from the coordinates themselves that it was videoing Well B. Now we can even bring the Y-coordinate in for further corroboration, as I just did calculating the distances.

Also note the operation title: Top Hat Removal. This means that I was probably right — BP was trying to fix the stricken Well B but gave up, and this video is from just days before the alleged successful capping of Well A. With the longer form of this video showing apparent real-time tampering with the on-screen data, who knows what video feeds were showing the real locations of the ROVs and when. But it seems we caught Well B with the true coordinates being shown again before the data stream was altered. And now all we see on TV is the nice, clean Well A with its cap in place, and we are told it was the only one ever built at MC252.

The onscreen data is not superimposed by the ROVs internally before being fed up to the motherships and out to BP — instead, the raw video feed has the characters inserted in a different video layer by computers on the ships, so it would be very easy for BP to order the composite video feeds they send out to the public altered by simply changing that data overlay and leaving the raw video untouched. That is, of course, before they resize the whole things to tiny resolutions that make it hard to see much of anything…

I think that 47 feet of distance compared to 274 feet is quite meaningful, considering that the wells are only about 300 feet apart themselves. Let me run that number here in real time, in the spirit of BP tampering with their numbers in real time. The two wells are 289.88 feet apart on X, and exactly 123 feet on Y. Keep in mind that this is using the correct figure for Well B’s Y-coordinate, which was the subject of a typo in one part of the Exploration Plan. There was a simple transposition of a ’41′ where should have been ’14′ in the middle of the Y-coordinate in the section usually quoted, but the correct figure appears in the large color map of the MC252 region in the same document, and the correct location was independently confirmed to me by a surveyor who translated the latitude-longitude numbers into the Lamber figures. But getting back to the numbers, that means that the two wells are exactly 314.997 feet apart, as the shark swims.

So Wells A and B are a hair under 315 feet apart, and the video shows Skandi Neptune ROV 2 looking at a well and sitting just under 47 feet from Well B, which of course does not exist according to BP. In order to see Well A the camera would have to peer over 273 feet into the distance. The ROVs are equipped with zoom lenses. What they are not equipped with are spotlights that can penetrate nearly a football field’s length of water in those black depths. Using simple math it’s obvious — Well B was caught on video before BP realized the real coordinates were going out to the public, punched a few keys to change them, then crossed their fingers and hoped no one would notice. Mr. Dunne did, then I did the math.

For those interested in the backstory of how I discovered this fraud, here are the older posts from my blog, JailtheBanksters, in chronological order:

RED ALERT: The Other Well
Gone in 18 Seconds: BP’s Lie Dismissed
Caught on Camera Again: Non-Existent Well B
Recapping: Well B
RED-HANDED ALERT: BP Caught Doctoring Live Feed


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