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  •  Hold it , folks. Don't let your ideology get in (5+ / 0-)

    the way of technical judgement. Trying to stop a high-pressure well at 5000ft is not like turning off a hose.
    First, pumping mud down has a dynamic aspect, which has to stabilize when they're not pumping. The static pressure of the mud has to be greater than the pressure of the oil/gas mix, which means they have to pump down at a greater pressure than the oil, stop, wait for it to stabilize, and then maybe put a cork in it. All this takes some time.
    No matter how much you hate BP, don't let it cloud your judgement. The real problem are your friends and neighbors who drive SUVs, giant trucks and overpowered whatevers. If everybody drove an electric or a Prius like all Kossacks do, we wouldn't need this oil.
    And it wasn't murder either, but very bad judgement and greed which caused the explosion.

    "It's called the American Dream, 'cause you have to be asleep to believe it" Mr. Geo. Carlin

    by Mark B on Fri May 28, 2010 at 10:03:37 AM PDT

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