There are a jaw-dropping 27,000 abandoned wells in the Gulf of Mexico:

Would you have guessed there was anything like this number of wells - abandoned or otherwise - in the Gulf? from
WASHINGTON – The federal government's oil spill chief said Tuesday that seepage two miles from BP's oil cap is coming from another well, tamping down fears that leaks mean the ruptured well is unstable.
There are two wells within two miles of BP's blowout, one that has been abandoned and another that is not in production. Around 27,000 abandoned wells in the Gulf aren't checked for leaks, an Associated Press investigation showed this month.

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