reply to post by cosmicpixie
A few things that we know
The world's largest gas field is Qatar's offshore North Field, estimated to have 25 trillion cubic metres (9.0 × 1014 cu ft) of gas in place.
The macondo block 252 was never accurately mapped because they were drilling for oil. So the mapping of it wasn't important so how big is it? That is
the million dollar question I fear that it may rank #5 in the world, as the well hole casing continues to erode you'll see dramatic psi spiking and
as others have reported mechanical equipment, vibrating or blown off the bop. I personally have recorded gas spiking events where the tophat and BOP
shake/vibrate uncontrollably, and then subside when the pressure is released.
Gas hydrates, or in the Macondo well structure (512) will invariably act as a scrubber on the inside of the well casing. Speeding along the eventual
demise of the BOP. Therefore, and from what I observed early this morning these events are progressing exponentially. When will this happen? You would
have to ask BP since they have all the equipment and are running the recovery operation/s.
If the sea floor collapses and releases the macondo reserve? It all depends on how much oil is really there. The recorded estimate has it listed as
100,000,000b which considering the depth and money BP dropped into the well is highly unlikely. I guess it's time for someone to ask BP what the
total/s really are. Therefore and from all indications, if the well cannot be killed and the reserve/s is released the worlds Oceans will turn black
or in the strange case of Block 252 brown/red.
[edit on 13-6-2010 by jeffrybinladen]