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just wanted to comment on comparing this to the 10 worst spills...I'm not sure if that thing has topped the number one spot yet, but I highly doubt that the estimates they are making are accurate, i just don't remember any of the previous oil spills making such a huge slick on top of the water (and thats just what we can see, not what we can't). From 5000 feet down, how much of that oil and whatever else is getting spread out and/or hanging around at different levels before completely coming to the surface?
Originally posted by grizzard83
I'm thinking this spill is closer to 120 million gallons then 45 million gallons putting it up there toward the worst spill ever and its only been leaking for a month. I can discharge or load close to 100,000 barrels a day at 50-100 psi that's 4.2 million gallons a day. This well is pushing more pressure through a bigger pipeline. 5000 barrels is bul# BP knows it too, any one of their refineries can load or discharge that much product in an hour at 50-100psi through a 12inch pipeline. Do not listen to BP, quite fighting about barrel figures. I move this # for a living as do 1000's of other tanker-men out there. This well even if its only pushing 50-100psi over the pressure it needs to overcome water pressure has to be leaking a tleast 100,000 barrels in a 24hour period.
[edit on 24-5-2010 by grizzard83]
The deposit is one I have known about since 1988. The deposit is very big. The central pressure in the deposit is 165 to 170 thousand PSI. It contains so much hydrocarbon that you simply cannot imagine it. In published reports, BP estimated a blow out could reach near 200,000 Barrels per day (165,000) They may have estimated a flow rate on a 5 foot pipe. The deposit is well able to surpass this.
Originally posted by babybunnies
Originally posted by seasoul
Enough is enough. We need a GREEN REVOLUTION, NOW. It can be peaceful or it can be violent, but it needs to be.
All incompetent, unresponsive, apathetic, self-serving clowns within both the Obama administration and the petrochemical companies need to be 86’ed, one way or the other. It’s time for them to either freely step aside or get justifiably kicked to the curb.
Unless your willing to give up your car, heating and powering your house, riding on trains, buses, planes and any form of public transportation, and become totally self sufficient for food (so it doesn't get trucked from outside communities), you shouldn't be preaching about a green revolution.
Originally posted by wirefly
Okay, maybe it's just me, but, I really don't get the impression that the pressure is that tremendous by looking at the video feed. What I AM seeing is the oil coming out and immediately rising out of the end of the pipe. There doesn't seem to be any lateral travel of the oil as I expected to see by what I was hearing before seeing it. I agree that there is still alot of oil moving, I just expected to see a "Gusher" under water.
Some of the gushers that they had back in the early 1900s would blast up to 200 feet into the air. For months. That kind of pressure turned sideways underwater should at least show SOME lateral travel before slowing and floating upward.
I agree. The pressure itself doesn't look like it's really that much. The pipe doesn't look that big, either. Judging by the scale of items around it, that is. But there is enough pressure to keep the water 5000ft down from back flowing down the pipe. And the pressure at that depth is pretty heavy.