EXPLOSIVE IDEAS REJECTED TO STOP BP OIL LEAK?

Around the world, scientists have turned their ingenuity toward looking for ways to stop the ever-expanding oil slick spreading through the Gulf of Mexico, and one answer keeps popping up: explosives.

Both in Russia and in the U.S., some scientists are suggesting nuclear blasts to bury the oil rig and send molten rock down to seal the leak. Other scientists say smaller, controlled explosions can stop the flow with shock waves.

Regardless of what causes the boom, however, BP would have to consent to the destruction of its leaking Deepwater Horizon well with explosives, something the company seems hesitant to do.

In a telephone conference call with reporters yesterday, Doug Suttles, the chief operating officer for BP exploration and production, said blasting around the well was “not an option we believe we would ever use,” because once done, “we would have denied ourselves all other options.”

A former senior analyst with the White House Office of Science and Technology, Rich Pryor, favors using multiple, simultaneous explosions to pinch the leaking pipe closed rather than a nuke to bury it. The nuclear physicist told WND there are several good ideas available to BP, but they include sacrificing the Deepwater Horizon.

“That may be the reason [for BP’s hesitation],” Pryor told WND. “Once you pinch the pipe, it’s done; it will shut down the well.” LINK

This article from back in May indicates I’m not alone in wondering if explosives could stop the leaking oil that is destroying one of America’s natural treasures, the Gulf of Mexico. Apparently, the Russians have used explosives successfully many times over the years to stop runaway oil and gas wells. You have to love what people unencumbered by political correctness can achieve.

Not being an engineer by trade I do however understand the fundamentals of explosives. For every action there is an equal reaction. So when BP failed at every attempt to cap the well by conventional means I thought of two ideas. One – pouring all the cement and rock in the world on it. Ok they call that “top kill” and it apparently didn’t work. I heard they used golf balls. The other idea I thought of almost immediately was explosives.

I remember studying the Gulf War oil well fires. After the war the government of Kuwait didn’t mess around. They put out a world-wide call for any and everyone with oil well firefighting experience to come and help put the fires out. One of the most popular and effective methods was to pack a 55 gallon drum with Dynamite, strap it to the end of a boom attached to a tractor and drive it right in to the fire. The resulting explosion snuffed the fire out and the well was then capped normally. In about six months all the fires were put out.

In our current crisis the Obama administration has refused international aid. The have interfered with the state and local governments attempting to thwart further ecological damage. They have refused skimmer ships from Europe. They have allowed BP to control the crisis at the cost of the regional economies of the Gulf states. The needless delays in doing everything possible to stop this disaster in its tracks is causing the damage to both the environment and the economy to spiral out of control. The negligence is unprecedented.

Now it seems the option to use explosives has been known for quite some time yet not pursued. If that is the case, and it looks like it is, I find THAT to be criminal negligence. To simply let this disaster to continue long after the point where BP has shown they are either unwilling or incapable of mitigating this disaster is criminally negligent in my opinion. To do so because of a profit motive is obscene. If it is really true that this well could be capped by explosives and either the government or BP stopped that from happening while the destruction raged on then someone needs to be held accountable. This goes all the way to the top.

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6 Responses to EXPLOSIVE IDEAS REJECTED TO STOP BP OIL LEAK?

  1. Randal Graves says:

    I’d try anything to stop the leak but…I think there are a few potential problems with explosives:

    1. If it doesn’t work, the explosives damage the riser pipe to the point where none of the flow can be contained.
    2. The explosion could damage the relief wells that will definitely stop the leak.

    Either way, I just hope they stop it soon and that BP cleans up every last drop of oil and reimburses those affected.

    • We can agree on that. You would have to give BP the benefit of the doubt though. I’m not convinced they can stop it. I’m hearing the relief wells aren’t a lock. If not we are in even deeper sh*t.

  2. Randal Graves says:

    They say that it could take a few tries with the relief wells to actually hit the existing well. Awesomeness.

  3. Ingineer66 says:

    I kind of like the super strong magnet idea. My coworker that used to work on exploration wells in the gulf says that a nuke will stop it, but the entire formation cannot be extracted and that is not something they do not want to do. Supposedly the Mexicans brought in the Russians to drill in the Gulf back in the 60’s and had a similar problem and ruined an entire formation. After that the Mexicans figured out what the Saudis already knew. If you want oil then you bring in Texans to get it.

  4. I CALLED BP WITH THIS IDEA:
    CUT PIPE BELOW BOP.21 INCH PIPE, USE LONG LARGER 22 INCH PIPE WITH OUTSIDE EDGES LIKE A DIAMOND DRILL BIT FOR DIGGING INTO SAND AROUND EXISTING LEAKING PIPE. SPIN OR DRILL THE PIPE OVER EXISTING SMALLER LEAKING PIPE, WITH OUT DAMAGING SMALLER LEAKING PIPE, INTO FLOOR OF SAND DEEP ENOUGH TO HOLD IN PLACE 200-500 FEET DEEP. AT TOP OF PIPE HAVE ONE OR MORE , SHUT OFF VALVES ALREADY CONNECTED, LEAVE VALVE OPEN, TO RELEIVE PRESSURE,SPIN OR DRILL DOWN ENOUGH SO LARGER PIPE COVERING LEAKING SMALLER PIPE WOULD GO DOWN 50 TO 200 FEET BELOW THE SURFACE, AND OIL WOULD COME THREW VALVE AT TOP. CONNECT TO SHIP. COULD ALSO HAVE A VALVE THAT WOULD THREAD ITSELF SO AS YOU DIG DOWN WHEN THE FIRST VALE REACHES THE CUT ORIGINAL PIPE IT WOULD THEN THREAD ITSELF INTO THE CUT PIPE, AS THERE WOULD NO LONGER BE ANY PRESSURE AT THAT POINT OR AREA OF THE PIPE. CHOICES WOULD BE SHUTTING OFF THE VALVES A LITTLE AT A TIME, AS YOU GO UP THE PIPE, SHUTTING THE FIRST ONE JUST ALITTLE AND THE NEXT A LITTLE MORE AND SO FORTH USING 5-10 VALVES OR JUST PUMPING IT INTO THE SHIP.

    TO WELD TO A PIPE LARGER THAN THE 21 INCH PIPE THAT NEEDS TO BE CUT OFF. THERE SHOULD ONLY BE SAND AROUND THE PIPE GOING DOWN TO THE OIL WELL SINCE THERE ALREADY HAVE DRILLED OUT THE ORIGINAL PIPE.

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