Originally posted by edmc^2
reply to post by MissSmartypants
IMHO using a nuke at this point in time is very dangerous even can be disastrous...
Nuking it could cause a Yellowstone like explosion that would cover a huge swath of the planet with oil, ruining the fresh water, like the 3rd Trumpet
"And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and
upon the fountains of waters;
"And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were
This is an out of control volcano of oil spewing up with between 20,000 and 50,000 psi behind it, from a reservoir nearly the size of the Gulf, with
an estimated trillions of barrels of oil and gas tucked away. It is this deposit that has me reminding people of what the Shell geologist told me
about the deposit. This was the quote, "Energy shortage..., Hell! We are afraid of running out of air to burn." The deposit is very large. It covers
an area off shore something like 25,000 square miles. Natural Gas and Oil is leaking out of the deposit as far inland as Central Alabama and way over
into Florida and even over to Louisiana almost as far as Texas.
What we are seeing now could be small compared to what may yet unfold if things break apart, as they can do under such circumstances. If this thing
blew, it could be like the Yellowstone Caldera, except from below a mile of sea, with a 1/4-mile opening, with up to 150,000 psi of oil and natural
gas behind it.
That would be an extinction event.
It is not likely to happen, but it is within the realm of possibilities.
That's the kind of stuff we're playing with here.
When we humans go tinkering around with this stuff, it is like the movie of men flying space ships to asteroids and setting off nuclear bombs to
deflect them from hitting earth. Except in this case, setting off a nuclear bomb on top of a veritable volcano spewing oil from what is presently a
relatively small hole in order to shut if off, doesn't seem like a very good idea.
[edit on 13-6-2010 by Ian the Christian]