Okay, again before anyone asks, no I'm not working for BP. I live in the Carolinas, I'm just a curious engineer, who has followed this with great
Just want to make sure that the correct information gets out there, and that the sensationalism is kept to a bare minimum. Take a deep breath, and
think about my post below.
The "oil droplets" or "bursts" that are being seen, could possibly be attributed to an entirely natural part of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.
Like almost everyone here most likely, I have never in my life investigated whether oil seeping into the Gulf was a natural occurrence, or is this a
result of pent up pressure due to the well that we are anxiously watching?
Are the "waves" of seepage also just a normal part of the ecosystem?
Both Methane and Hydrocarbons would be seeping into the waters, at various rates based on how the substrate materials that they are flowing through,
pass the materials over 1000's of years through each tiny fault in the subsurface of the Gulf of Mexico.
As the link above says, there are creatures down there that LIVE on this seepage.
Again, flame away, but maybe, just MAYBE, these are naturally occurring incidents that have been happening for thousands/millions of years, it's just
that none of us were actually watching this closely.
There are people who believe that the Bermuda Triangle disappearances, are the result of rapid methane releases, from pockets of Methane that suddenly
burst through the sea bed.
A personal opinion here only, based on what I saw so far, is below.
The extra "Pipe" that was in the BOP, appeared to be a very small diameter pipe, based on the mock up that BP had in the video they made (in
comparison to the size of the pipe at the BOP), explaining what they were going to place on the BOP. They HAD to simulate what they knew was there, in
order to maximize the return on the entire investment.
Also based on what I have seen, they employed a telescopic type of piping system into the well, that reduced the size of the pipe, as it went deeper
Again, the pipe that appears to have broken off and was violently ejected to the surface, would therefore have been from far down the well.
Taking this conclusion further, if a part of the well, much closer to the source is the section that is not "protected", one can then articulate
that the forces of the surrounding rock, would provide a pretty good barrier to the pressure of the oil. Those depths are pretty much used to that
kind of pressure.
Even if there is seepage there at the well breach, based on the data in the above link, one could then pontificate that maybe in a 1000 years or so,
there will be a period of around 100 days where the naturally occurring seeping in the gulf, would then be accelerated because of the well breach that
was caused by BP. How much accelerated?
Who knows, but none of us are going to be around then to worry about it.
Food for thought..