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  •  back pressure? (6+ / 0-)

    Maybe the guy is talking about a way to get a sealed pipe going to the surface and it's just not clear in the article, but it sounds like he's talking about a plug. And my understanding is that the existing well components may not be able to handle the back pressure. Rupture something below the BOP and we lose even the ability to keep that 15,000 barrels/day they're collecting now out of the water.

    •  They can't plug it (3+ / 0-)
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      Overseas, DawnN, yawnimawke

      if they could, top kill would have worked.  

      Want a really scary tidbit?  BP represented in a regulatory filing that if the kill well they are drilling suffered a similar blowout, they risked dumping 240,000 barrels per day into the Gulf.  Source

      Nobody has been able to answer my question.  If one blown well spews a maximum of 40,000 bpd (8 times what BP actually claims), how do two blown wells total 240,000?

      They're lying through their teeth about the pressure behind that reservoir.  It's far greater than anyone wants to admit.  They've tapped into hell itself.

      "Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something." President Obama in Prague on April 5

      by jlynne on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 12:40:12 PM PDT

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      •  re: they can't plug it (1+ / 0-)
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        jlynne

        Because the one well isn't spewing all it possibly could due to the BOP having some effect.   Plus whats left of some cement plugs and a production casing.

        "They're lying through their teeth about the pressure behind that reservoir.  It's far greater than anyone wants to admit.  They've tapped into hell itself."

        If the pressure was enormously higher, the BOP would probably be shrapnel.

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