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[ale] BP knew of problems 11 months before the rig blew

Damon L. Chesser wrote:
> For crying out loud.  Use a very large HE explosive or a very small
> tatical nuke.  Hole sealed, oil in the area neutralized.
> Of course we can't use a nuke, after all nukes are BAD.  NOT.

I've heard the concern with using a nuke is that it could set off a 
caldera type reaction, which we certainly don't want.  Can't recall 
where I got that though.

> The problem that I see is that politically/socially/enviroly, nukes are
> not an option.  Don't know why a large (very large) explosive would not
> work.  If you nuke it, you can't use that well (opening) any more and if
> you want THAT oil, you would have to diagonally drill off from about 2
> miles distance.  So, we would have a 1 mile patch of glowing ocean 1
> mile deep.  I don't see a problem with that, but I am insensitive, and
> perhaps (admittedly) not fully informed on the repercussions.
> On Sun, 2010-05-30 at 10:13 -0400, Jim Kinney wrote:
>> http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/us/30rig.html?
>> Time to start pumping the well head full of execs yet?
>> Does anyone know of a single component compound that reacts with mixed
>> organics to make a solid? Drilling mud is a lubricant. They need to
>> pump in a fast-setting glue. However, since the article talks about
>> the screw ups in the valve and the cement well casing I'm concerned
>> that with the well pressure a plugged head will only force a leak (or
>> blowout) near the head in the sea floor. The cement casing is supposed
>> to act as a reinforcement but there are reports that the material used
>> was substandard (thanks Haliburton!) and poorly installed.
>> Maybe since the riser pipe is still attached to the head they can beat
>> on it with the "top cap" box and crimp it down to cut the flow. Who
>> knows. Maybe a slow crimping cutoff of the flow will not shock the
>> casing and allow a temporary blockage with the sub-floor fracturing of
>> the crappy casing they are worried about.
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>> James P. Kinney III
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Until later, Geoffrey

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