The Gulf of Mexico is packed with abandoned oil wells from a host of companies including BP, according to an investigation by Associated Press, which describes the area as “an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades”.
Original AP Article: AP IMPACT: Gulf awash in 27,000 abandoned wells
“This 1948 review, prepared for the oil industry’s main trade group, the American Petroleum Institute, continues to torment the industry in litigation alleging benzene can cause various types of leukemia and other diseases of the blood-forming organs. In essence, it says the chemical is so potent that there is no safe exposure level.”
Just a little website i just found. Who ever did it seems to be passionate about the problem. Links tons of SPE documents.