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.