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Originally posted by hawkiye
Originally posted by Spinoza73
The source of the OP mentions an opening vent of 7 feet. To my knowledge this is wrong: the vent measures 10 cm, about 4 inch. There is pressure, and so it is spewing oil. 800,000 m3 every 24 hours. Times 90 days (for drilling the bypass) this doesn't make up the biggest oily-event, but still big enough 72 million m3.
I read five feet?
That BOP is supposed to work under any condition as it has stored gas pressure to operate the 5 or more valves that control the well. one of the valves can cut the drill string off and seal the well permanently. Did they charge the gas pressure storage tanks to operate the BOP before putting it on the sea floor? Because of the pressure at that depth the pressure must be set so the valves can operate. If the sea water pressure is greater than the tank pressure when you hit the big red button on the drill floor nothing happens on the BOP and everything happens that we have seen. Just one of
Originally posted by shug7272
You didn't use logic and you did nothing more than make yourself look stupid. There doesn't have to be enough oil to pollute every last drop of the ocean. The vast majority of sea life lives in the shallower waters of the ocean. Down deep it is dark and can be devoid of oxygen.
Originally posted by unityemissions
reply to post by warpcrafter
STOP PUTTING WORDS INTO MY MOUTH, MEMBERS OF ATS..
Just because I inject some logic into these irrational topics, does not mean I don't feel for the tremendous catastrophe taking place.
Assumptions are for the ignorant.
Deny Ignorance, ATS members.
Thank you !!
Now here is using logic, ready? Oil floats...... If you pollute just the shallower waters your pretty well boned and since lucky for us, oil floats, most of the oil coming out will pollute the shallower waters. Cut your estimate by alot, and then realize it gets real easy real fast to pollute 50% of surface water with the currents at work. Gets messy.
Originally posted by discl0sur3
The latest article I read stated that the plan of attack is to temporarily place a "dome" over top of the well head to contain the oil...It's going to have to be one hell of a dome to contain 30-40,000psi
Originally posted by Thermo Klein
This is a horrible catastrophy and I wish the mechanics, engineers, clean-up crews the best of luck!
On the other hand portraying this as the worst spill ever, end of the oceans, etc is just not realistic.
The worst oil spill ever, in the Persian Gulf in 1991, spilled about 430,000,000 gallons of oil.
At the rate of 100,000 barrels a day (100,000 according to CNN and BP an hour ago) this spill needs to stay full force like this for 11 years to equal the spill in the Persian Gulf.
Horrible? of course - worst ever? Not even close.
Originally posted by randomname
they could plug it by lowering a 50x50 metre slab of concrete 10 feet thick right on top of the hole. there is no way any amount of oil pressure could move it.
Originally posted by hawkiye
Wow just wow! This appears to be much worse then we thought.... I am just stunned. This is like of biblical apocalyptic proportions. It's been a while but I believe there is even some biblical prophecy that talks about all sea life dying etc. I am not trying to make this a religious post or anything as I am not religious, just saying. This looks really bad, really bad!
(visit the link for the full news article)
[edit on 2-5-2010 by hawkiye]