maybe considering a nuclear solution
to the massive Gulf Oil Spill.
NO I am not joking; leastwise I don’t find it amusing.
It’s so surreal… like a sci-fi movie. The earth is threatened by a huge hole in its crust, leaking crude oil like a highly pressurized volcano and threatening to kill all life in the oceans. The solution? The military detonate a nuclear bomb in an attempt to melt the cap rock and seal the leak.
But this is no science fiction. As reported on May 14th, Barack Obama sends nuclear experts to tackle BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil leak:
The US has sent a team of nuclear physicists to help BP plug the “catastrophic” flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from its leaking Deepwater Horizon well, as the Obama administration becomes frustrated with the oil giant’s inability to control the situation.
The five-man team — which includes a man who helped develop the first hydrogen bomb in the 1950s — is the brainchild of Steven Chu, President Obama’s Energy Secretary.
He has charged the men with finding solutions to stop the flow of oil.
How will this real sci-fi event end? Well, experts are saying that the leak will either be stopped by the extreme heat from a nuclear blast fusing the rocks surrounding the deep pipe — or — as one expert put it, “we could end up with a hole a quarter mile wide spewing oil… another possible scenario is a sea floor collapse.
What you have not been told
The well that BP had just about finished before it exploded was what is called a “deep oil” well. While it is true that the floating oil rig was almost a mile above the drill head, the oil that they tapped was yet another 30,000 feet (over 5 miles) under the ocean floor. Yes, that’s aptly named “deep oil”! The deposit of oil they were tapping into has been described as the second largest oil deposit ever — anywhere — even when one considers Saudi Arabia, the Russian discoveries, Iraq. This oil deposit has been estimated to have the potential to yield 500,000 barrels of oil per day for from 10 to 15 years!
The well that exploded and sank was cautiously tapping the fringe of the deposit after discovering that the central pressure of the oil and natural gas was as high as 165,000 to 170,000 psi. For comparison, your SUV tires usually contain 40 psi. The weight of a mile of ocean water plus 5 to 6 miles of caprock create enormous pressures on the pocket of hydrocarbons making it like a balloon ready to explode — as it did when a small bubble of methane shot up the pipe and destroyed the oil rig.
According to insiders, the deposit is mostly natural gas — a ratio of 10,000 to 1 — with oil being a small portion of the bounty. It covers an estimated 25,000 square miles, extending from the inlands of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Texas. It’s huge and ready to blow.
The leak itself was originally estimated to be 1,000, then 5,000 and now 70,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The most recent estimates followed a review of video, taken of one of the leaking pipes from a deep submersible. There are actually three leaks in all.
When the methane shot up the pipe to the oil rig, the rig exploded and sank. As it sank it fell to one side of the well head, taking the connecting pipe with it. The pipe bent like a straw and formed kinks as it followed the sinking rig. Although the leaks are in the straight sections of the pipe, the kinks caused structural weakness and it is worried that they could be the site of future leaks.
This catastrophic event was foreseen. The oil industry has been drilling for about 50 years and the loss or damage to the pipes is a worse case scenario that is supposed to be protected by shut-off valves located in a special housing at the well head. At the first sign of damage, a special acoustic (sound) signal can be sent to listening devices located on the housing which then activates the valves to close. Apparently this was not functioning and the valves either partially or totally failed to close.
The entire article is thrilling to read, not in any nice sense of that word either. (link to full article below) If you think these ideas are not seriously being considered — think again.CBS News, The Christian Science Monitor and other news sources have been boldly exploring this solution in editorials.