July 19th, 2010
09:51 AM ET

On the Radar: An oil seep in Gulf, a "Top Secret America"

Oil seep - Testing on a capped oil well in the Gulf of Mexico will continue for another day as the federal government says BP has addressed questions about a seep near the well. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's reponse manager to the oil spill, said that a federal science team and BP representatives discussed the seep during a Sunday night conference call, including the "possible observation of methane over the well." Allen will give an update at 11 a.m. ET Monday. CNN's full coverage page takes you from the beginning of the April 20 disaster to the latest updates.

The Washington Post: "Top Secret America" - The 9/11 attacks have created an intelligence community so large and unwieldy that it's unmanageable and inefficient - and no one knows how much it costs, according to a two-year-long Washington Post investigation.

Many in the intelligence community reportedly worried that the Post articles would disclose too much information about contractors and the classified tasks they handle. The Post said its report uncovered "a Top Secret America hidden from public view and lacking in thorough oversight. After nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its effectiveness is impossible to determine."

Aid for Pakistan - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a major new aid package for Pakistan with hundreds of millions of dollars for projects to address water and energy shortages in the country. She made the announcement at the beginning of a daylong "strategic dialogue" in Islamabad between American and Pakistani officials.

India train crash - At least 60 people died and 92 were injured when a moving train rammed into a stationary train in eastern India. The collision at the Sainthia station hurtled the roof of one of the wrecked compartments onto an overpass, according to TV footage.

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  1. afraidofheights

    While the news out of the Gulf is, finally, maybe, promising. BP apparently still feels the need to retain outside assistance in handling the fallout from this oil disaster.

    Check out the transcript of what Steve Jobs, BP's new Chief Speaking Officer, had to say on behalf of the oil giant.



    July 19, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

      >>> SCOOP: The tool able to stop the oil spill in the early days of May!!! >>> http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-472981

      July 19, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

      spammer named BreakingNewsBlog whose blog features:

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      For the record I'm not defending BP. I just think BreakingNews is an idiot. So does everyone else.

      July 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

      now, you should be happy, "qwerasdf-BP-guy"... with the wellhead closed, your BP shares and stock options should soon go up again... 😐

      July 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PH53

    This just in: Bush to blame for "BIG GOVERNMENT".

    July 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Smith in Oregon

    Sack loads of free American taxpayer dollars to the tune of many Billions of FREE money to Pakistan is buying America what exactly? More Taliban fighters murdering American and NATO soldiers? More Taliban fighters murdering Afghanistan people? More Taliban fighters murdering the civilians in nearby India?

    A Lt. General of the Pakistani ISI appears linked to the man that wired large amounts of money to the 9/11 high jackers. The same Lt. General of the ISI met with virtually all of the Bush Administration the week prior to 9/11 and left town the morning of 9/11.

    What exactly are the Billions of free American taxpayer dollars being funneled to Pakistan buying? More weapons and explosives to the Taliban fighters? More black op's to murder India's civilians? Like Israel, Pakistan is not one to turn down Hundreds of Billions of free American taxpayer dollars even when they have no intention whatsoever in doing whatever America is paying them all that massive amount of free money for.

    A silent victim in this yet another massive transfer of American taxpayer dollars is America's senior citizen's programs across America which were slashed to practically non-existent levels recently. Many had worked they entire lives supporting and helping America, now they are treated by the Republican Potty'ticians like disposable trash, a drain on their corporate's special interests, instead of the dignity and respect they truly deserve from all Americans.

    July 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |

    US should keep the oil in the Gulf as a reserve, for now. It should work on: cleaning the water, the beaches, restoring the Eco-system, ad people's lives. Let MOther Nature take it's course. Remember oil can not replace water. Water is a need, oil is a want. Work on alternative energy sources, We can produce energy in other ways, but we can not reproduce Nature.

    July 19, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Russ

    If the well or seafloor nearby is seeping oil from the well being shut in, then re connect the lines back up to the surface ships. Don't tell me they didnt allow for a re-connect here. If the well is shut in, then subsequently allowed to resume flowing then the seep may very well stop as the pressure is now allowed to be releived from the system. Also the worry that the formation has low shut in pressures. Did we forget that for the past 87 days or so the well flowed almost without restriction. This would have dropped the overall shut in pressure for sure. Does anyone think these things through? Simple Oklahoma oilfield applications state if the pressure is too high then bleed some off to the surface ships. If the shut in pressure was lower than expected then maybe some of the reservior pressure has already been lowered because of what has already lkeaked into the gulf. Finally, what does a retired Coast Guard man know about oil formations and reservior engineering? Perhaps a bonafide Petro Engineer may have some answers and simple solutions.

    July 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |