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  •  There isn't that much vacumn. (5+ / 0-)
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    RedDan, mattman, wader, politik, Onomastic

    If they got to a point that the seal was perfect and they increased the pump rate in the hope of pulling enough of a vacumn all it would do is suck more oil from the reservoir and the surrounding mantle would see the pressure relief and collapse until the pressure went back to equilibrium.

    I'm no Nate Silver, TomTech, or VoteforAmerica ("WineRev" Eeman, Recounting Minnesota)

    by Tomtech on Thu Jun 03, 2010 at 07:32:21 PM PDT

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    •  I'm thinking this way: (3+ / 0-)
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      cotterperson, Wee Mama, politik

      if you create a drawdown by pumping oil out of the reservoir faster than its natural flow rate, the result would be collapse of permeability... this happens in aquifers and oil wells, and it's considered a bad thing...

      But here, it would be a good thing.

      The only way to ensure a free press is to own one

      by RedDan on Thu Jun 03, 2010 at 07:41:47 PM PDT

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