world has seen accidents before when tankers have run aground and
leaked massive amounts of oil. The most recent oil spill is occurring
right now in the Gulf of Mexico and was the result of the deadly
explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. The explosion killed
several workers on the rig and the oil platform sank after the
oil in the well a mile under the waters of the Gulf of Mexico
continues to pour out of the well into the waters of the gulf at a
rate of about 210,000 gallons of crude oil each day equating to about
5,000 barrels of crude. So far, BBC
that the oil slick from the well has covered
about 2,000 square miles of gulf waters and is now
threatening the coasts of several gulf states and coastal wetlands
where several animal species breed.
owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig is BP, a
London-based company, and BP is trying everything it can think of to
stem the flow of crude oil into the gulf. Reuters reports
that the robotic vehicles that BP tried to use to close valves on the
well piping at a depth of nearly a mile under the surface of the
Suttles, COO of BP said, "We've essentially used up all those
options," speaking about attempts to use robotic submergible
vehicles to turn valves designed to prevent oil from escaping in to
Associated Press reports that BP also tried to use a larger
containment dome to funnel the crude to ships on the surface but the
done had failed because of "large hydrate volumes" that
clogged the dome. A smaller dome is being readied that should be able
to avoid the clogging issue of the larger dome.
only permanent fix for the oil that is spewing from the broken pipe
at the deepwater well is to drill relief wells nearby to remove
pressure. The AP reports
that these relief wells are expected to take
three months to complete.
News adds that BP is also considering a method to block the
blowout preventer with debris to stop the flow of oil. This method
would have the company injecting shredded tires and golf balls into
the pipe under extreme pressure in an attempt to block the oil in a
manner similar to blocking up a toilet.
said, "We have some pipe work on the blowout preventer, and if
we can open certain valves on that we could inject basically just
rubber and other type of material into [it] to plug it up, not much
different to the way you might plug up a toilet."So far
the spill has cost BP an estimated $350 million and some estimates
expect the final bill after clean up to run into the billions of
dollars. The spill is expected to be the worst
in U.S. history surpassing the damage done by the Exxon
quote: TextThe SNAP-27 nuclear battery on board Apollo 13 survived crash landing on Earth from from space without cracking open. I think we can build nuclear sources safe enough for a car crash.
quote: The fuel cask from the SNAP-27 unit carried by the Apollo 13 mission currently lies in 20,000 feet (6,500 m) of water at the bottom of the Tonga Trench in the Pacific Ocean. This mission failed to land on the moon, and the lunar module carrying its generator burnt up during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, with the trajectory arranged so that the cask would land in the trench. The cask survived re-entry, as it was designed to do, and no release of plutonium has been detected. The corrosion resistant materials of the capsule are expected to contain it for 10 half-lives (870 years).
quote: "the affects [sic] land are far greater and more important than any monetary implications."
quote: It would be like trying to force a golf ball up a firehose into the firetruck while the hose in on full blast.
quote: [yeah, Moore and Gore].
quote: What is so hard about stopping this leak?? I really don't understand. As I understand it, the well is basically a long shaft drilled down into the seabed. Correct?? Why they hell don't they just get some explosive experts down there and just cave in the well with some well placed charges?? I mean where is the military on this? If this happened under Bush, this level of Government inaction would be unacceptable. But now we're just sitting back and hoping BP can fix this themselves ??
quote: If this happened under Bush, this level of Government inaction would be unacceptable. But now we're just sitting back and hoping BP can fix this themselves ??
quote: But now we're just sitting back and hoping BP can fix this themselves ??
quote: No human being is going to be killed by the spill, and no human being is going to have their health injured or threatened in any way by it.
quote: I can't get too upset over some dead fish...actually, the temporary fishing ban enacted as a result of this will likely result in less overall dead fish, not more. And, for the predatory birds that feed on fish, the same thing goes.
quote: Look, this is basic chemistry, not rocket science.
quote: Tell you what, if we're all so "useless", why not start by erasing your own carbon footprint? A little of that bleach under your kitchen sink should do the job nicely.
quote: Meanwhile, you moan and bemoan your "carbon footprint"
quote: Try living in a nation with a "minimal footprint" and see just how poor the conditions really are. Our health, happiness, and welfare depend upon plentiful energy.
quote: So why did you originally claim sunlight and water won't "magically remove" oil on their own. They will. At least you've begun to admit that.
quote: I bet you don't use colored or scented toilet paper either do...or are you like Sheryl Crow, and refuse to use more than one square no matter what?
quote: BBC News adds that BP is also considering a method to block the blowout preventer with debris to stop the flow of oil. This method would have the company injecting shredded tires and golf balls into the pipe under extreme pressure in an attempt to block the oil in a manner similar to blocking up a toilet.
quote: The owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig is BP, a London-based company, and BP is trying everything it can think of to stem the flow of crude oil into the gulf.
quote: BP considers shredded tires and golf balls to stop oil spewing from well