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Originally posted by TruthxIsxInxThexMist
this is a massive problem but it's getting less attention than the NY attempted bombing!
Originally posted by unityemissions
DOes anyone have a reliable source that can verify how much oil is beneath the Deep Horizon wellhead? I don't know much abou oil drilling. One poster on another site commented that 400 billion barrels are thought to be in the gulf coast. Is this correct?! If so, could all of this potentially leak out if efforts to cap this sucker fail?! If not, what perentage is in this general area which could be spilled? I'm just trying to get an estimate for how huge of a scale this disaster is, and can become. Thanks.
The Coast Guard and BP have said it's nearly impossible to know exactly how much oil has gushed since the blast, though it has been roughly estimated the well was spewing at least 200,000 gallons a day.
Even at that rate, the spill should eclipse the 1989 Exxon Valdez incident as the worst U.S. oil disaster in history in a matter of weeks. But a growing number of experts warned that the situation may already be much worse.
The oil slick over the water's surface appeared to triple in size over the past two days, which could indicate an increase in the rate oil is pouring from the well, according to one analysis of images collected from satellites and reviewed by the University of Miami. While it's hard to judge the volume of oil by satellite because of depth, images do indicate growth, experts said.
"The spill and the spreading is getting so much faster and expanding much quicker than they estimated," said Hans Graber, executive director of the university's Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing.
Louisiana State University professor Ed Overton, who heads a federal chemical hazard assessment team for oil spills, worries about a total collapse of the pipe inserted into the well.
If that happens, there would be no warning and the resulting gusher could be even more devastating.
"When these things go, they go KABOOM," he said. "If this thing does collapse, we've got a big, big blow."
In Pass Christian, Miss., 61-year-old Jimmy Rowell, a third-generation shrimp and oyster fisherman, worked on his boat at the harbor and stared out at the choppy waters.
"It's over for us. If this oil comes ashore, it's just over for us," Rowell said angrily, rubbing his forehead. "Nobody wants no oily shrimp." (1)
During the test Friday, an underwater robot shot a chemical meant to break down the oil at the site of the leak rather than spraying it on the surface from boats or planes, where the compound can miss the oil slick.
BP, the company that owned the Louisiana oil rig that exploded last week, spent years battling federal regulators over how many layers of safeguards would be needed to prevent a deepwater well from this type of accident.
One area of immediate concern, industry experts said, was the lack of a remote system that would have allowed workers to clamp shut Deepwater Horizon's wellhead so it would not continue to gush oil. The rig is now spilling 210,000 gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico.
In a letter sent last year to the Department of the Interior, BP objected to what it called "extensive, prescriptive regulations" proposed in new rules to toughen safety standards. "We believe industry's current safety and environmental statistics demonstrate that the voluntary programs…continue to be very successful."
The oceans are described as being not unlike as before the Autumnal/Fall equinix. While confusing, the concept that this coming fall of 2010, after a disastrous summer (from both terra and humans), the weather/climate that used to be expected for fall is lacking. The disappointment is described as being apparent by very early in the fall. The data sets go to the idea that oceanic convection currents will shut down across the planet, and thus will trigger similar levels of changes in the atmospheric currents. Bearing in mind that the summer of 2010 will produce a record year for natural disasters, and freakish weather, such that it will also be among the worst years for (food crops production) in the northern hemisphere. Further impacts from earth changes most notably deep ocean warming are indicated to have significiant and crushing impacts on planetary fishing operations.
The supporting aspect/attributee sets for the oceans being unlike their former selves include descriptors for even more severe weather this coming fall and winter in the northern hemisphere than has been experienced this year. The forecast for 2010 includes a winter that will go down in history as being brutal, and that will follow a fall that will be wild and unpredictable.
The oceanic currents at the heart of the climate change phenomena will show even more erratic behavor over late spring and into summer, and that will set up the disruption of old patterns for teh upcoming fall and winter. The crosss links over global ppop and populace of usa entities have very extensive rops of linguistic threads around damage from climate change and food shortage from crop failures and energy shortage leading to frozen humans and animals across usa and eu for fall and winter 2010.
Originally posted by Darkblade71
I wonder if it is at all possible to take a sub and launch a large torpedo at the hole where the oil is coming out of and cave it in enough to stop and seal it back up? I would think it should be possible.
Originally posted by Lebowski achiever
reply to post by Shrukin89
The problem to your solution is, there will be zero visibility down there with all the oil gushing out. Patching up this hole is not option, therefore.