When I said BP had not tried to stop the flow only capture it, I never seen the like of Pis* and Moaning from posters here.
I have wondered, more and more as time goes on, whether BP's primary interest is stopping the flow of oil, or preserving it as a financial asset. I know nothing about the business of drilling for oil beyond what I've learned through reading over the past couple of months, but in my layman's mind I still don't understand why a valve cannot be affixed to the top of the gushing pipe, then closed.
MM (in TX)
posted on 07/01/2010 3:38:51 PM PDT
The thing called a blow out preventer is nothing more than , in this case four, hydraulic gate valves. They failed to close, the pipe above the blowout preventer is the weak link in the system, but they don't know if it is the electrical switches are the hydraulic system that failed. Now in your mind think of the size of a gate valve for the size pipe in question.
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