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Komsomoloskaya Pravda, the best-selling Russian daily, reports that in Soviet times such leaks were plugged with controlled nuclear blasts underground.
It’s so simple, in fact, that the Soviet Union, a major oil exporter, used this method five times to deal with petrocalamities. The first happened in Uzbekistan, on September 30, 1966 with a blast 1.5 times the strength of the Hiroshima bomb and at a depth of 1.5 kilometers. KP also notes that subterranean nuclear blasts were used as much as 169 times in the Soviet Union to accomplish fairly mundane tasks like creating underground storage spaces for gas or building canals.
The technique described involves drilling a hole between 25 and 50 metres from the oil well and setting off a customised nuke. Between 1966 and 1981 it was used five times for four successes, with the failure possibly due to bad positioning.
subterranean nuclear blasts were used as much as 169 times in the Soviet Union to accomplish fairly mundane tasks like creating underground storage spaces for gas or building canals.
Originally posted by john124
Let the Russian's nuke the gulf of Mexico, it will be a dream come true for the generals.
Originally posted by Common Good
That is their big plan? Blow it up?
Wow, those scientists are really working in over drive.
Originally posted by boaby_phet
... the possible small amount of radiation is probably more worth it than to let the hole continue!
Originally posted by rizla
Either they'll let the oil run out or they'll nuke it. It's tried and tested.