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#41 sebberry

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 10:13 PM

My Physics friend said that all they would need to have done is line the steel cover they tried in Teflon to prevent the crystals that formed from sticking.

I can't believe it has taken 36 days to fix this. Upwards of 60,000 barrels per day are leaking. If BP doesn't care about the environment, they sure as heck should be caring about the money they are losing.

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#42 Holden West

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 10:52 PM

My Physics friend said that all they would need to have done is line the steel cover they tried in Teflon to prevent the crystals that formed from sticking.


So basically a giant wok? Sounds like a job for Stephen Yan.
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Posted 27 May 2010 - 06:41 PM

Day 38

Fixing oil disaster my responsibility, Obama says

He called the spill an "unprecedented disaster" and blasted a "scandalously close relationship" he said has persisted between Big Oil and government regulators.

Obama announced new steps to deal with the aftermath of the spill, including continuing a moratorium on drilling permits for six months.

He also said he was suspending planned exploration drilling off the coasts of Alaska and Virginia and on 33 wells under way in the Gulf of Mexico.

http://news.yahoo.co..._bi_ge/us_obama

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 08:48 PM

If BP doesn't care about the environment, they sure as heck should be caring about the money they are losing.


Why should they? They'll get it all back from us eventually in the form of drastically increased oil prices.

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 10:43 AM



So the only difference between now and 1979 is the term 'Operation Sombrero'.

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 02:19 PM

Day 39


Visualizing the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster.



The Web site Beowulfe.com has added a mapping tool that can superimpose
the Gulf of Mexico oil slick on your home town. Here’s Chicago.

To see the Victoria area, click on the link to Chicago above and change the location to Victoria BC.

http://dotearth.blog...ck-on-for-size/

#47 gumgum

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 02:41 PM


:(

#48 gumgum

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 05:51 PM

Top kill has failed.:(

#49 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 05:57 PM

Top kill has failed.:(


Indeed. Top Gun might be next.



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Posted 29 May 2010 - 10:32 PM

Day 40

BP moves on 'to next option'

That option: Place a custom-built cap to fit over the "lower marine riser package," BP chief operation officer Doug Suttles said. BP crews were already at work Saturday to ready the materials for that option.

Suttles said three separate pumping efforts and 30,000 barrels of mud -- along with what chief executive officer Tony Hayward described as "16 different bridging material shots" -- just didn't do the trick.

Suttles said the lower marine riser package cap "should be able to capture most of the oil" that has fed what is now the largest oil spill in U.S. history, but he cautioned that the new cap will not provide a "tight mechanical seal."

The real solution is a relief well. BP currently is working on two relief wells, but they are not expected to be ready until August.

http://edition.cnn.c...dex.html?hpt=T1

At the current rate of flow there will be another 12 million gallons of oil leaked by August. Add to that the hurricane season, which will likely toss the oil over any containment barriers that are in place, and hamper the efforts of the Army Corps of Engineers that are building sand berms to keep the oil out of the fragile wetlands.

#51 spanky123

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 07:31 AM

Unfortunately I think the only real solution is a relief well. Top cap, top kill, etc, etc are nothing more than PR moves to make it look like BP and the Government are trying to come up with a solution.

#52 spanky123

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 07:36 AM

If BP doesn't care about the environment, they sure as heck should be caring about the money they are losing.


BP has an EBITA of about $45B a year. They can pay any fine the US Government will impose and any cleanup costs out of pocket change.

#53 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 09:57 AM

Why not a big cylinder with a valve in the middle?

Like this but x 10,000 size and as heavy as they need to make it.



Drop it over the leak, the oil will pass through, then slowly turn off the valve by pushing it with a submarine.

#54 eseedhouse

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 11:20 AM

That option: Place a custom-built cap to fit over the "lower marine riser package," BP chief operation officer Doug Suttles said. BP crews were already at work Saturday to ready the materials for that option.


There is a significant risk that the preliminary operation of cutting off the bent tubing that is there now will actually increase the flow of oil from the well by lowering the present level of resistance to the flow.

BP officials, oddly, never seem to mention that...

Here is a link to an PROPHETIC ADD that BP used back in 1999. They certainly seem to be delivering on their slogan and in spades.

#55 Bingo

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 10:09 PM

Day 41

A relief well is being drilled to relieve the tired workers attempting to fix the original well that has collapsed. They are drilling down at an angle because all of the remaining shafts are bent. There is a remote possibility that they will bump into the original well and relieve some of the pressure by now having two ways for the oil to escape into the sea. Engineers were going to plug the original well with golf clubs, golf balls and shredded golf cart tires, but their timing was off, and will have to wait until the golfing season ends.

The plan now is to inject concrete down the 3 mile deep shaft as soon as they find a way to stop it from hardening on the way down.

If that plan fails, Columbian drug smugglers are offering their submarines complete with photon torpedos, in exchange for a pardon from the DEA.

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 10:17 PM

Day 41
Engineers were going to plug the original well with golf clubs, golf balls and shredded golf cart tires, but their timing was off, and will have to wait until the golfing season ends.


So what you're saying is that this is one hole that Tiger Woods couldn't plug?

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 04:41 PM

Day 43

Where is Red Adair when we need him?

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I've done made a deal with the devil. He said he's going to give me an air-conditioned place when I go down there, if I go there, so I won't put all the fires out.
Red Adair

I've got too many of my friends that retired and went home and got on a rocking chair, and about a year and a half later, I'm always going to the cemetery.
Red Adair

If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.
Red Adair

It scares you: all the noise, the rattling, the shaking. But the look on everybody's face when you're finished and packing, it's the best smile in the world; and there's nobody hurt, and the well's under control.
Red Adair

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#58 Holden West

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 06:34 PM

Here is a link to an PROPHETIC ADD that BP used back in 1999. They certainly seem to be delivering on their slogan and in spades.


That's actually a recent parody t-shirt, not an old ad. BP was still using their shield logo in 1999.
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#59 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 08:12 PM

Completely unrelated.

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Posted 02 June 2010 - 07:13 AM

Day 44


Stuck blade stalls BP effort to cap well
By the CNN Wire Staff

Venice, Louisiana (CNN) -- BP early Wednesday used robot submarines and a complex maneuver in an attempt to stop the massive flow of crude oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. The company tried to cut into the undersea well's riser pipe, the initial steps toward placing a cap over the well that has spewed hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day since late April.

However, BP's effort stalled after the blade of a diamond wire saw got stuck, said U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's point man on the oil spill.

But the operation carries the risk that the flow of crude from the ruptured well could increase by up to 20 percent once the damaged riser is cut away.

Tuesday also marked the start of the recreational fishing season for red snapper, a big draw for sport anglers in the region. But the season opened with a new blow to the region's fisheries industry as the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration extended its restrictions on fishing to almost a third of the Gulf.

Watch cut and cap

http://edition.cnn.c...dex.html?hpt=T2

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