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  •  Looks like that one piece is working (3+ / 0-)
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    khowell, politik, Yasuragi

    there were 3 oil fountains shooting out of that crack. Now there are 2. Unfortunately this looks like a tiny crack, so I doubt that reducing the flow from that one small spot by 1/3 is actually going to do anything to improve the situation. :(

    I want to move to the alternate universe where Gore was the President... anyone know the address?

    by zipn on Thu May 27, 2010 at 07:54:29 PM PDT

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    •  plugging that hole does nothing (2+ / 0-)
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      Yasuragi, Onomastic

      Even if you blocked all of the holes in the bend, it still goes out the end of the riser pipe.   Only a small change in back pressure.   And what is left of the riser will probably tear a leak somewhere else.    I assume the idea is to block the leaks inside the BOP itself.  

      •  well (0+ / 0-)

        They do have a fairly narrow exit there where the riser pipe is folded over, comparatively speaking.  Perhaps they pumped in some big stuff to try to bridge that gap, then progressively smaller to fill in the smaller spaces.  It would be interesting to see if there's any change in flow at the far end of the riser.

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