posted on May, 16 2010 @ 08:40 PM
reply to post by SLAYER69
Good idea Slayer. I have a few concerns, however:
Firstly, It's my understanding that the oil is not simply spewing forth from the ocean floor, but rather from the well head that the now-sunken rig
would hook up to. There was a dead-man switch that was supposed to act as a cutoff were this very scenario to ever happen. It failed, and there were
a couple attempts to use ROVs to manually actuate that valve which also failed. I'd like more information about this valve, whether it's operation
can still be salvaged, etc...
Secondly, if it is still coming out of the well head, sufficient force applied the right spot on the pipe could crimp the pipe and slow or stop the
Now, granted, smarter people than I are working on this problem and likely these things have been considered and discarded already. So on to the
liquid nitrogen proposal.
The oil escaping is under pressure, so if you just squirt liquid nitrogen down into the hole, there will be hardening, but I suspect the solid chunks
of oil will just get blown up and out. So what you'd want to do is encourage the hardening oil to form a mesh that can support itself against the
pressure of the escaping oil. When thinking about your idea I envisioned some sort of grid-shaped heat exchange system that would pipe the coolant
through and allow the oil to congeal on it's surface. This way the pressurized oil has a means of escaping while you're anchoring it to the well
head, and once anchored you flip the switch and it starts gradually constricting the flow. This would also mitigate the problem I would foresee with
the 'free-range nitrogen' solution wherein not just the oil, but the water as well begins to freeze at the nozzle, causing blockages.
In any case, very interesting, Slayer. I would like very much to see the details of your proposal. Got a PDF or something?
I'll probably take flak for this, but I would also support the nuclear option. If it's considered safe enough to test underground, I'd think an
underground application could be handled appropriately. Lord knows we have enough data to model it. Then again I'm of the opinion that there's not
much that humans can do to threaten the Earth. When you get down to it, we'd only be threatening ourselves. The planet would get along fine without