Originally posted by Cloudsinthesky
reply to post by ~Lucidity
.....the well is almost completed about 30+ days away........
Originally posted by ~Lucidity
Where in that picture would the two exploratory wells that BP proposed to drill around this sight be? Or did they not go through with those?
Oh, and touting has a few definitions.
Originally posted by mpriebe81
We can throw barbs and jibes all day long, speculate all day long, but it doesn't amount to jack in the end.
Btw, it's unfortunate that you changed the thread title, which basically makes it look like you want to minimize the risk of a possible catastrophic outcome with this whole mess. I guess de-oxygenation of the ocean is no big woop, eh?
Originally posted by WATCHER.1
reply to post by PuterMan
I hope you are right but I am advising family and friends to get packed.
The BP graphics are neat. Given their history I have no faith in them or their pictures. The well is several miles deeper than your optimistic computer generated action plan shows.
I think there is a greater chance of the gulf and all the surrounding states becoming a dead zone than BP capping or relieving this well.
Originally posted by PuterMan
Whilst you may be right about not being able to cap the well, and only time will tell that, it is also a certainty that if capping fails then collection measures will eventually succeed, thus the scenario of a dead zone recedes, unless it has already reached the point of no return which I consider is unlikely since Mother Earth will recover eventually. (This is not denigrating the disastrous consequences that are already stacked up just saying that eventually things will recover.)
Argh, this whole situation is beginning to hurt my brain.
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* The EPA analysis came as a result of aggressive monitoring that is being conducted by BP in the Gulf of Mexico.
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* On May 24, Administrator Jackson stated, “we know that dispersants are less toxic than oil” and that “the number one enemy is the oil.”
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Originally posted by saphic
Is it me or are people generally getting depressed at the thought that this might not be the armageddon that for some reason they are waiting for?
Originally posted by PuterMan
Relief wells near completion
I get a general feeling that people are thinking that nothing is happening at the well and that various attempts to stop the flow have failed.
Basically this is not true and people are not actually following the progress.