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Originally posted by DaMod
reply to post by Serendipity7
OK, under the ocean floor there is a thick layer of bedrock. Yes rock. Yes seriously it's rock. No I mean it, there is rock down there.
1. The nuke would never touch volatile material.
Why? Because it would be to the outside of the well bore and not inside of it. In fact it wouldn't even have to be right next to the well, it could be drilled quite the distance away. Methane does not ignite due to vibrations. That's nitrous...
2. The only thing we need is a nice solid shock wave. That means we really don't even need to use a nuke, just a really big boom. If it was a nuke that was used it would be a very small low yield nuke. It wouldn't take much.
It would just have to be enough to push the impermeable strata into the well itself.
3. How did all that stuff stay under the sea floor in the first place? You guessed it, a big layer of solid rock.
4. The gulf is not very volcanically active in comparison to a lot of other sea floor.
5. It has been used with natural gas before, basically just methane. There where no massive explosions of biblical proportions.
Yes microbes are well and good and yes they should be used but that won't stop this oil from coming out. If we don't do that then wtf are we even trying for?
Besides, if the shock wave fails we have the same outcome either way.
The dispersal agent Corexit 9500 is a solvent originally developed by Exxon and now manufactured by the Nalco Holding Company of Naperville, Illinois that is four times more toxic than oil (oil is toxic at 11 ppm (parts per million), Corexit 9500 at only 2.61ppm).
In a report written by Anita George-Ares and James R. Clark for Exxon Biomedical Sciences, Inc. titled
“Acute Aquatic Toxicity of Three Corexit Products: An Overview”
Corexit 9500 was found to be one of the most toxic dispersal agents ever developed.
Even worse, according to this report, with higher water temperatures, like those now occurring in the Gulf of Mexico, its toxicity grows.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in discovering BP’s use of this dangerous dispersal agent ordered BP to stop using it, but BP refused stating that their only alternative to Corexit 9500 was an even more dangerous dispersal agent known as Sea Brat 4.
A greater danger involving Corexit 9500, and as outlined by Russian scientists in this report, is that with its 2.61ppm toxicity level, and when combined with the heating Gulf of Mexico waters, its molecules will be able to “phase transition” from their present liquid to a gaseous state allowing them to be absorbed into clouds and allowing their release as “toxic rain” upon all of Eastern North America.
Even worse, should a Katrina like tropical hurricane form in the Gulf of Mexico while tens of millions of gallons of Corexit 9500 are sitting on, or near, its surface the resulting “toxic rain” falling upon the North American continent could “theoretically” destroy all microbial life to any depth it reaches resulting in an “unimaginable environmental catastrophe” destroying all life forms from the “bottom of the evolutionary chart to the top”.