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View Diary: Daily Kos Oilpocolypse ROV #25: Cutting the Riser (299 comments)

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    Tomtech

    about not damaging the flange.

    Using the hydraulic shears would do a faster job and would serve the same purpose if they were used right below the kink. I've seen these work on huge steel I-beams. They cut them like matchsticks.

    Maybe cutting the casing and drill string cleanly would show the path of the leak? Possibly the stub would assist in lining up the LMRP Cap?

    BTW, I understand that if the drill string is not pinched by the BOP rams, it may slip down the well once it is no longer hooked over the top of the BOP.

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