posted on Jul, 13 2010 @ 10:21 PM
Question: Does anyone know the depth underground at which the original well is damaged?
Could examining the pipes blown upward into the BOP help answer this question? I have heard that the pipes get narrower as they go down, so perhaps a
simple measurement could be helpful.
I would assume that the relief wells could still work if they intersect the original well casing below the part of the original casing that is
I doubt, however, that BP really wants to permanently plug the well, either by relief well or by explosive devise. A permanent solution would mean no
more oil to be recovered-- and no more oil to be sold. They certainly won't get another chance to drill a producing well in this vast deposit. They
would simply be left with a huge loss and no income to offset it.
I suspect that BP has put every effort into making the new top hat collection device as effective as possible. This would be THEIR most desirable
solution, as they can continue to collect-- and sell-- a large percentage of the well output. If the cameras don't show the top hat leaking, people
will simply let the oil collection go on and on, as the "only viable solution." So I expect to hear an excuse in the near future as to why the
relief wells can't, or won't, be attempted.
One other question: The new top hat is designed with a quick release connection to the surface, so if seriously bad weather moves in the collection
ships can move out. If this happens, will the well just be allowed to spew? Or will it be shut down with valves on the uplink pipes, creating back
pressure on the well? Back pressure would of course increase the chance of some new blow-out occurring.