Subject: the scariest thing ever
You said "What
they're hiding may be the scariest thing ever put on bartcop.com."
Over at The Oil Drum www.theoildrum.com, commenter
Dougr explains something scarier:
The BP gusher contains oil, gas, water, and
a lot of sand. In effect, BP has built a high-power
vertical sandblaster that is tearing away
at the well casing. This well casing may be collapsing.
The well casing is the only thing holding up
the 400-ton Blowout Preventer, which is apparently
tilting and may collapse, either by falling
on its side or dropping down into the well.
This BP-engineered sandblaster is also tearing
away at the rock surrounding the well casing,
making the hole around the well bigger and
bigger. Unless the relief well is completed before
the well casing collapses, we could be seeing
a huge hole into the oil reservoir that will spew oil
and gas (and sand) until the reservoir pressure
is relieved. This could take as long as 8 or 10
years of flows that are greater than what
we are seeing now.
Is this scary enough for you?
Here's a good explanation of how offshore wells
are supposed to be drilled and explains why
the BP's decision to use a single casing and
to skimp on he concrete stage were very bad ideas.
Our best to Mrs. Bart & Bart the Cat,
Oh well, I never liked seafood, anyway...
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