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Scientists will be looking for pressure readings of 8,000 to 9,000 pounds per square inch. Anything lower than 6,000 might indicate previously unidentified leaks in the well.
Originally posted by billyjack
Just to add a little technical accuracy. The bottom hole reservoir pressure is 12,000 psi. The oil with gas in solution weighs around 7#/gallon. Therefore the hydrostatic head is around 4700 psi. Without any friction loss pressure(not possible in real world) the flowing pressure would be 12000-4700 or 7300 psi that is pushing against the sea water of 2300 psi. So the differential is 5000 psi. Friction loss is probable 200-300 psi per 1000' of depth to the reservoir.