Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Gulf Oil Spill could still get worse

Take this one with a grain of salt, as it comes from a comment on a discussion board. But the reasoning seems sound and predicts that the broken oil well is more broken than we think and getting worse. The cusp of the argument is speculation that the break is not just at the head of the well, but that the actual pipes deep in the seabed are broken as well. This would mean the more done to cap the well, the more flow will simply come from the hidden leaks farther down the pipe.

Contrary to what most of us would think as logical to stop the oil mess, actually opening up the gushing well and making it gush more became direction BP took after confirming that there was a leak. In fact if you note their actions, that should become clear. They have shifted from stopping or restricting the gusher to opening it up and catching it. This only makes sense if they want to relieve pressure at the leak hidden down below the seabed.....and that sort of leak is one of the most dangerous and potentially damaging kind of leak there could be. It is also inaccessible which compounds our problems. There is no way to stop that leak from above, all they can do is relieve the pressure on it and the only way to do that right now is to open up the nozzle above and gush more oil into the gulf and hopefully catch it

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