I had a thought on this whole thing and the hydrate buildup. What if they're not re-opening the well because they can't? It's a real possibility
that the main valves could be frozen over - in a manner of speaking - by the buildup internally.
If they know there's that much pressure down there, why cap it in the first place? Why not just put a "stovepipe" of sorts around the whole thing,
and then collect the oil at the top once it comes out of the "chimney?" Same thing as what drilling the well would have accomplished...
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