Oil spill in the gulf can't be stopped?
Why can't you just set off some explosives to collapse the well? Maybe conventional explosives don't provide enough force but it seems like 1 or more nuclear devices would? I mean.. we have so many WMDs.. why not put them to some GOOD use? Why is the military not handling this?
It just seems to me that the current methods they are using (skimming, booms, chemical dispersal, burning, etc.) do not really address the problem. Don't you need to STOP the leak first or else they will just be performing these clean-up activities indefinately?! And the longer they take to stop the oil from spewing out, the worse the problem gets. Take some action at the SOURCE of the problem.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Apparently no one has ever been around the oil field, otherwise known as the 'oil patch.'
These things are very difficult. And they are difficult on dry land.
Just like no one knows when a volcano is going to erupt or when it will stop, they have no idea when there might be a blowout. Obama sounds completely ignorant to geologists and roughnecks. It's like saying, "We are going to get to the bottom of why Air Force One had a tire blow out... as we know it has to be someone's fault." How about mother nature, stupid? How do we get people this ignorant in power? They don't have the slightest clue... at least his advisors should have their own head out of their butt, if he doesn't. Maybe he is just playing to the most stupid amongst us.
If you know how to fix a blowout, you are a millionaire, many times over. Red Adair was a well known name... he was able to put out oilwell fires and cap them faster than any other person alive. And it didn't happen in days.
BTW, Lloyd... Adair used explosives too. It was very precise as you don't want to open a big hole with all that pressure behind it.
One of these oil wells makes people in the oil industry excited... when it doesn't have to be "pumped" that means it is a huge source of revenue. If you own a decimal interest of .0000003 of one of these, you're a millionaire. Might be one acre divided by hundreds of relatives and they are all living very nice. MONEY is SCREAMING out to be CAPPED. Has not a damn thing to do with pressure from environmentalist... this is about big, big, big bucks, being lost every second. That is the MOTIVATING force, and not Obama, or environmentalist.
Would you like to have $100 more dollars today? How about $1,000 more? How about $10,000 more today, tomorrow, etc. Well, one person isn't losing this... hundreds are losing this, and they will bring a lot of pressure on you to get it capped. That check coming in the mail today of $10,000 causes your complaining neighbor about your dog barking at night mean very little to you.
Just keep in mind when you are ready to teach the rich dirty oil company a lesson, you do it at a cost. Maybe $100 to $500 per person per year. But you will hold your head high, real smug, that you taught those rich people a lesson... and you will buy your kids $100 less in presents next year because you are so darn smart. That's the way, you took $10,000 out of a guys pocket that makes $10,000,000, and you feel so good about it that you are more than happy as a clown to gas up your car paying more money at the pump. It's like wiping your butt with your bath towel because toilet paper costs so much and think you're clever.
Oh, btw, the truth is, these experts trying to cap the well has nothing to do with those trying to contain the spill. They are totally different animals. It's not a matter of getting everyone on the same job. It's about drilling relief wells, reducing pressure so it can be capped. An oil well is not an overnight task. Most take weeks and months... the fact they get this down to a few days tells us they are probably working a lot faster than what is safe for them. But each and every one of them will be well rewarded... more than most of us make in 5 years.
- Kenny DLv 61 decade ago
It can be stopped and it will be stopped. It seems like there are a lot of very young people here who are not old enough to remember the Ixtoc 1 blowout in 1979, which was also in the Gulf of Mexico and far worse than this one. The Ixtoc 1 well spilled almost 20,000 barrels of oil per day into the Gulf of Mexico until it was successfully capped 8 months later, which was accomplished by drilling relief wells to relieve pressure on the wellhead and then using a deep-sea submersible vehicle to cap the well. The Gulf survived that incident and the Gulf and Gulf shores recovered after the clean-up with no long-term detrimental effects.
The Ixtoc 1 incident:
So I suggest you rest your fears and do not worry. It can be stopped and it will be stopped and the Gulf and Gulf shores will recover quite well after the clean-up. Nature has a way of cleansing and resurrecting itself with or without our help.
- giginotgigiLv 71 decade ago
If they could, they would have already used it. The leakage is mainly due to the internal pressure so the explosion may not be effectively closing the leakage. The best method is to suck up the leakage and use those leaked oil.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
You'd think that being able to stop the flow might be a prerequisite for being allowed to start drilling!
Oil companies work in a world without such regulation. All three of us idiot green commie environmentalists are the only ones saying WE TOLD YOU SO.
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- axeLv 61 decade ago
i'm sure a new well head can be forced onto it, or even a large improvised pipe lowered around it to direct it into one boomed off location where it may be pumped out onto tankers, just a thought