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Oil Might Keep Leaking for Months After Relief Wells are Drilled

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posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 11:30 AM

Oil Might Keep Leaking for Months After Relief Wells are Drilled

Many technical experts have said that the first attempts to complete the relief well in August could miss entirely on the first try, as it is difficult to intersect the blown-out well at the precise location and angle needed.

If the current relief wells fail, it could be until December or early next year until a correctly-positioned relief well can be completed.

Indeed, ABC News implies that even after the relief well is completed, the Gulf oil may keep on flowing for months. Specifically, ABC points out:
Past experience in the Gulf of Mexico has been sobering. In 1979, a Mexican-owned
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 11:30 AM

The Gulf oil spill is much worse than originally believed.

As the Christian Science Monitor writes:

It's now likely that the actual amount of the oil spill dwarfs the Coast Guard's figure of 5,000 barrels, or 210,000 gallons, a day.

Independent scientists estimate that the renegade wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf could be spewing up to 25,000 barrels a day. If chokeholds on the riser pipe break down further, up to 50,000 barrels a day could be released, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration memo obtained by the Mobile, Ala., Press-Register.

CNN quotes the lead government official responding to the spill - the commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Thad Allen - as stating:

If we lost a total well head, it could be 100,000 barrels or more a day.

Indeed, an environmental document filed by the company running the oil drilling rig - BP - estimates the maximum as 162,000 barrels a day:

In an exploration plan and environmental impact analysis filed with the federal government in February 2009, BP said it had the capability to handle a “worst-case scenario” at the Deepwater Horizon site, which the document described as a leak of 162,000 barrels per day from an uncontrolled blowout — 6.8 million gallons each day.

Today, a Purdue University mechanical engineering professor - Steven Wereley - testified to the House Committee on Commerce and Energy that 95,000 barrels a day are currently leaking into the Gulf. That's 3,990,000 gallons - just shy of 4 million gallons - per day.

I really wish we could get a trustworthy number for the flow rates.

As I've noted here:

Current low-ball estimates give a figure of 60,000,000 cubic feet of methane a day. Some of the figures quoted here would make it over 250,000,000 million cubic feet of methane every single day!
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 12:18 PM
Odd that no one's commented yet.

If everything goes perfectly and the the well is bottom-killed, it will still be leaking some fraction of whatever the flow rate is. The big questions would be what is the current flow rate and what percentage will continue.

I doubt that everything will go even close to perfect, so I expect the leak to continue at least until next year.

posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 12:33 PM
This is good news, means ET's will really come.

posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 12:50 PM
Yes tis a shame there is no other solution but oil.
The Germans tried but failed for lack of time.
Too much time spent on atomic bombs they didn't use.
Any electric or ether alternative has suppressed by America since 1910.
Time to dig it up perhaps and keep on pouring cement on the Gulf leak.
We will be up to speed about the time the cement mountain stops the leak.
ED: Oil comments are met with anti free energy Tesla comments or they
just stand off. Why expose more agents.

[edit on 6/6/2010 by TeslaandLyne]

posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 12:53 PM
as much as i was hoping this top hat thing would work its looking more and more like the worse will and is happing as we type.
I am very afraid the entire gulfs eco system will collapse .
it may already be to late as though the oil is bad enough the added dispersant are worse and the gases being absorbed replacing the o2 will end up chocking EVERY living thing in the gulf as it is there are already 2 huge dead zones in the gulf and this creating a 3rd will tip it over the edge .
it wont be 10 or 20 years to recover at taht point it will be hundreds of years.
and within the next 2 months the jobs created from the gulf will disapire .
massive job losses massive food losses . expect the price of fish to go sky high expect the unemployment rate to jump .
it may not be the end of the world as so many think but we may wish it was

posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 01:16 PM
Its all about getting oil out of that well, not about stopping the leak.

Now it's SPIN SPIN LIE LIE time.

Dog Robber Admiral makes great washing machines-

Unfortunately, spin can't fix the problem.

[edit on 6-6-2010 by Chakotay]

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