on Wed, 05/19/2010 - 15:54
The link was good info. If you look at the compression and fold aspect of this, lord only knows what kind of pressures they are attempting to deal with. An on- land field has pressure. Depending on the formation, you may have salt water, gas, oil, any and or all. Now, if you compress that with 5,000 or 10,000 feet of water with water at 10 pounds or so per gallon you get super pressure. One thing is sure; the word leak that is applied to this is grossly out of place. This is a Blow Out that may be beyond comprehension. Then they are dealing with unknown faults. With the size in the Gulf of the escaped oil, the flow rate may be in huge numbers of barrels per minute rather than the traditional barrels per day. This is not a leak and the idea that they can plug it with mud is beyond lame. If there was any way to plug this, they would have done it. This is indeed a mile stone for the oil industry and life, that looks like a grave stone. As a disclaimer, let me state that I am 3rd generation oil people and have worked on rigs that had problems. I am not anti-oil, but what we have here boys and girls is a show stopper.
If the truth about the oil spill gets out any sooner they will be announcing evacuation plans for coastal communities - the air is toxic: workers lungs look like smoker's lungs; chemicals in air have "narcotic" effect and can potentially "fry" the brain. It has only just begun:
AP is also now reporting the massive underwater plumes that are miles long:
Coast Guard threatening arrest of CBS crews filming on the beach: