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  •  "Relief wells" is misleading... (2+ / 0-)
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    Rogneid, DavidHeart

    they are killbores.  They are not used to bring up oil, simply to shoot down mud to plug the gusher so that it can then be capped with concrete.

    The main problem with a killbore is that it has to intersect with the original column, which in this case I believe is a mere 7 inches wide, far out of the sight of human eyes.  That far down, very easy to just miss the target altogether...and so they have to try another killbore, and another.

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