Skip to comments.Video: Nuclear Blast To Stop Oil Leak In Gulf?
Posted on 05/05/2010 9:25:28 AM PDT by iloveamerica1980
A giant funnel to be installed at the scene of last month's devastating explosion off the U.S. coast, is BP's best hope of halting the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The device, designed to channel oil from the seabed to the surface where it can be collected safely, will be set up on Thursday. However, with the energy company itself not sure it will even work, Russian experts suggest that a radical solution from Soviet history may be a way out. (From a Russia Today broadcast)
Talk about the cure being worse than the disease...
The Russians only issue was that it would be better if the oil leak was in DC.
They may have a point.
I told my local radio host this 2 days ago and they laughed at me. Nuke rules, more useful and powerful than oil. Use the nukes show the World the US is not afraid to use it. Little pansys in the WH would never do it no matter how many live or money is spared.
So the Russians still have nukes, eh! Apparently, Obama has not been busy enough! ;-)
Given the incompetence of this administration, if I lived in NOLA, Galveston or any Gulf Coast town, I would be real nervous!
If that’s what it might take to get it closed, I say: Go for it!
It would be so fun to witness the scene.... Some enviro-whacko liberal, sitting eating his morning granola and drinking his fair-trade organic coffee, listening to NPR. Then the story comes on on how they plan to close the hole with a nuke. He does a spit-take on his coffee, asks “They want to do WHAT???”...and then his head explodes.
Here's something from another FReeper from the Mark Levin show ...
It's a transcript that the FReeper did -- from Post #188 ... on this FReeper thread ...
Also, this other Freeper thread has the audio of it ...
Since I had so much trouble opening the interview, here it is:
On Friday, April 30th 2010, an anonymous caller contacted the Mark Levin Show to clarify the events that preceded the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. Rigzone has transcribed this broadcast for your convenience. To hear the actually radio broadcoast please visit www.MarkLevinShow.com.
Mark: Dallas Texas WBAP. Go right ahead, sir.
James: Just want to clear up a few things with the Petroleum Engineer, everything he said was correct. I was actually on the rig when it exploded and was at work.
Mark: Alright, lets slow down. Wait, hold on, slow down, so you were working on this rig when it exploded?
James: Yes sir.
Mark: OK, go ahead.
James: We had set the bottom cement plug for the inner casing string, which was the production liner for the well, and had set whats called a seal assembly on the top of the well. At that point, the BOP stack that he was talking about, the blow out preventer was tested. I dont know the results of that test; however, it must have passed because at that point they elected to displace the risers the marine riser from the vessel to the sea floor. They displaced the mud out of the riser preparing to unlatch from the well two days later and they displaced it with sea water. When they concluded the BOP stack test and the inner liner, they concluded everything was good.
Mark: Let me slow you down, let me slow you down. So they do all these tests to make sure the infrastructure can handle whats about to happen, right?
James: Correct, were testing the negative pressure and positive pressure of the well, the casing and the actual marine riser.
Mark: OK, Im with you. Go ahead.
James: Alright, after the conclusion of the test, they simply opened the BOP stack back up.
Mark: And the test, as best as you know, was sufficient?
James: It should have been, yes sir. They would have never opened it back up.
Mark: OK next step, go ahead.
James: Next step, they opened the annular, the upper part of the BOP stack
Mark: Which has what purpose? Why do you do that?
James: So that you can gain access back to the wellbore.
James: When you close the stack, its basically a humongous hydraulic valve that closes off everything from below and above. Its like a gate valve on the sea floor.
James: Thats a very simplistic way of explaining a BOP. Its a very complicated piece of equipment.
Mark: Basically, its like a plug. But go ahead.
James: Correct. Once they open that plug to go ahead and start cementing the top of the well (the well bore), we cement the top, and then basically we would pull off. Another rig would slide over and do the rest of the completions work. When they opened the well is when the gas well kicked, and we took a humongous gas bubble kick up through the well bore. It literally pushed the sea water all the way to the crown of the rig, which is about 240 feet in the air.
Mark: OK, so gas got into it and blew the top off of it.
Mark: Now dont hang up. I want to continue with you because I want to ask you some questions related to this, OK? Including, has this sort of thing ever happened before, and why you think it may have happened, OK?
Mark: Alright, back to James, thats not his real name, Dallas WBAP. Im not going to give the working title of what you did there either, James, but I wanted to finish. So, the gentleman was right about the point that obviously some gas got into the, Ill call it the funnel, OK?
James: Correct, and thats not uncommon, Mark. Anytime youre drilling an oil well, there is a constant battle between the mud weight, the drilling fluid that we use to maintain pressure, and the wellbore itself. Theres a balance. The well is pushing gas one way and you are pushing mud the other way. So there is a delicate balance that has to be maintained at all times to keep the gas from coming back in, what we call the kicks. You know, we always get gas back in the mud, but the goal of the whole situation is to try to control the kick. Not allow the pressure to differentiate between the vessel and the wellbore.
Mark: Well, in this case, obviously, too much gas got in.
James: Correct, and this well had a bad history of producing lots of gas. It was touch and go a few times and was not terribly uncommon. Youre almost always going to get gas back from a well. We have systems to deal with the gas, however.
Mark: So, what may have happened here?
James: Well, the sheer volume and pressure of gas that hit all at once which was more than the safeties and controls we had in place could handle.
Mark: And thats like a mistake on somebodys part or maybe its just Mother Nature every now and then kicks up, or what?
James: Mother Nature every now and then kicks up. The pressures that were dealing with out there, drilling deeper, deeper water, deeper overall volume of the whole vessel itself, youre dealing with 30 to 40 thousand pounds per square inch range serious pressures.
Mark: Not to offend you, but we just verified that you are who you are, which Im sure you already knew that. I would like to hold you over to the next hour because I would like to ask a few more questions about this, as well as what happened exactly after the explosion, during the explosion and after. Can you wait with us?
James: Sure, I dont know how much of that I can share, but Ill do my best.
Mark: Alright, well I dont want to get you in trouble. So if you can stay, fine, but if you cant, we understand.
Part 2 of Marks Interview:
Mark: We are talking to a caller under an assumed name who was on the rig when it blew up, and weve been talking about how it happened. And now James, I want to take you to the point of when it happened. What exactly happened? Where were you standing?
James: Well obviously, the gas blew the sea water out of the riser, once it displaced all of the sea water, the gas began to spill out on the deck and up through the center of the rig floor. The rig, you have to imagine a rectangle, about 400 feet by 300 feet, with the derrick and the rig floor sitting directly in the center. As this gas is now heavier than air, it starts to settle in different places. From that point, something ignited the gas, which would have caused the first major explosion.
Mark: Now, what might ignite the gas, do you know?
James: Any number of things, Mark. All rig floor equipment is what they consider intrinsically safe, meaning it cannot generate a spark, so that these types of accidents cannot occur. However, as much gas that came out as fast as it did, it would have spilled over the entire rig fairly rapidly, you know, within a minute. I would think that the entire rig would be enveloped in gas. Now a lot of this stuff, you cant smell, you cant taste it, its just there, and its heavier than oxygen. As it settled in, it could have made it to a space that wasnt intrinsically safe. Something as simple as static electricity could have ignited the first explosion, which set off a series of explosions.
Mark: Alright, so what happened? Youre standing where? Youre sitting somewhere? What happened?
James: Well, I was in a location that was a pretty good ways from the initial blast. I wasnt affected by the blast. I was able to make it out and get up forward where the life boats were. The PA system was still working. There was an announcement overhead that this was NOT a drill. Obviously, we have fire drills every single week to prepare for emergencies like this (fire and abandonment drills). Over the intercom came the order to report to life boats one and two, that this was not a drill, that there is a fire, and we proceeded that way.
Mark: So, the eleven men who died, were they friends of yours?
James: Yes sir, they were.
Mark: Did they die instantly?
James: I would have to assume so. Yes, sir. I would think that they were directly inside the bomb when it went off, the gas being the bomb.
Mark: So, the bomb being the gas explosion?
James: Correct. They would have been in the belly of the beast.
Mark: Now, let me ask you, and we have to be careful what we say because there are people that will run wild with ideas, so I just want to make sure
Mark: So, let me ask you this, why would the government send in a SWAT team to a rig? Whats that all about?
James: Well, believe it or not, its funny you would mention that. Transocean, the drilling company, maintains a SWAT team and thats their sole purpose. Theyre experts in their field. The BOP, the blowout preventer, they call that subsea equipment. They have their own SWAT teams that they send out to the rigs to service and maintain that equipment.
Mark: Yeah but Im talking about what are interior SWAT teams? What is that?
James: The interior, from the government now, I dont have an idea about that, thats beyond me. The other gentleman also mentioned the USGS that comes out and does the surveys. Ive been on that particular rig for three years, offshore for five years, and Ive seen a USGS one time. What we do have on a very regular basis is the MMS, which is the Minerals Management Service.
Mark: Theyre all under the interior department.
James: OK. Yes. As a matter of fact, we were commended for our inspection record from the MMS. We are actually receiving an award from them for the highest level of safety and environmental awareness.
Mark: Well, I thought you were going to receive that award. Didnt they put it on hold?
James: No, we have actually received that award. We received it last year. We may have been ready to receive it again this year.
Mark: Let me ask you this, so the life boats, how did you get into these life boats? Where are these life boats?
James: There are actually four life boats - two forward and two on the left, depending on where the emergency or the tragedy has taken place.
Mark: Did you wind up jumping in the water to get in to the life boat? Sometimes you have to do that.
James: Ill just say that there were five to seven individuals that jumped and the rest went down in the life boats.
Mark: Alright, I wont ask because you dont want to identify yourself that clearly. Good point. How fast were the rescue efforts? How fast did they reach you?
James: It is common to have a very large work boat standing by, to bring tools out, groceries, and supplies; its a constant turn around. So we actually have a very large vessel real close by. It was actually along the side with the hose attached, taking mud off of our vessel on its own. It had to emergency disconnect and then pull out about a mile to stand by for rescue efforts. So, it was fairly quick.
Mark: How quick till the Coast Guard got there?
James: Mark, its hard to say, between 45 minutes to an hour is when I recall seeing the first helicopter.
Mark: Which is actually pretty fast because you are 130 miles offshore right?
James: Correct. If you look at the nearest spill of land which would be Grand Isle, Louisiana, somewhere in that area, we were only about maybe 50 miles where the crew flies up. From civilization, such as New Orleans, it would be 200 miles. The helicopter was more than likely 80 to 100 miles away.
Mark: You are going to be beset by lawyers, with the government, and others looking for an opportunity to make money. Its going to get very, very ugly and the officials going there have really no backgrounds or experience... I mean, to what extent is that going to help anything? Its silly.
James: To me it seems knee jerk. The number one focus right now is containment. I like the idea about the boom. They are going to try to lower it down into the water to capture the leak.
Mark: How long might that take? Ive been reading about this boom and it says that it could take 30 days to do that.
James: It very well could. You have to remember that this is a challenging environment. You know its 5,000 feet deep, theres a tangled wreck of a rig with the marine riser still connected and twisted into a big wad down there. So its going to take some time to get all that stuff in place. The engineering has to be there; obviously they dont want to rush into it. You want to move it expediently but you are risking the lives of those men that are going to go out there and try to attempt it - thats just not right.
Mark: I was just going say that. Thats very dangerous, I mean extremely dangerous.
James: Absolutely, absolutely. There will be oil. There will be natural gases. All the same things that caused us to explode are still present, and theyre there. The pressure had been cut off dramatically, from the simple fact of the folding of the riser. Basically take this big garden hose and kink it several times.
Mark: How old is this rig? How long has it been there?
James: It was put in service in 2001. Its a fairly new rig.
Mark: And, what is the sense in shutting down every rig in the Gulf of Mexico in response to this?
James: Absolutely senseless, whatsoever. This literally could very well be a once in a lifetime freak accident, or it could be negligence. Thats for other people to figure out. From my position, it just seems like every now and then, you cant win against Mother Nature. She throws a curve ball that you are not prepared for.
Mark: But to shut down every rig in response to this? I mean... Im not sure why.
James: The BOP tests are literally mandated from the Mineral Management Service and they are conducted like clockwork. I mean, if any of those tests ever failed, they would have immediately stopped operations, sealed the well up, pulled the BOP stack back up on the deck, which is 48 hours minimum, and made the necessary repairs or replacement parts, and then would get it back down, re-connect, re-test, and keep testing it, until it passed or kept on repairing it until it passed.
Mark: So this was a I mean this must have been harrowing to you. I mean to experience something like this.
James: Thats putting it mildly.
Mark: Anything else you want to tell me?
James: No, I just got into the truck to make a short trip and I heard a gentleman say something about possible terrorism and I want to put that to bed now. I understand you have a large audience. I appreciate your point of view. I try to listen to you as much as I can, the terrorism call just needs to leave everyones minds and lets focus on the 11 men that are dead and the survivors. Thats where the focus of this country needs to be right now.
Mark: Alright my friend, we wish you all the best and I tell you that its really Gods blessing that you survived, it really is.
James: Yes sir, I completely agree.
Mark: Alright James, thank you very much for calling and we appreciate it.
James: Thank you, Mark.
Mark: Alright, God bless.
I was thinking of this the other day. There is 18 to 20 thousand feet of earth between the oil and the ocean. Would it fuse it shut or make an even bigger hole?
You forgot the link again.
I’ve noticed that the news stories on this are all reporting oil flows in gallons. I was curious about this, because volumes of crude are usually quoted in barrels.
So, a few numbers are worth reviewing:
The story says 336,000 gallons per day.
A barrel of crude contains 42 gallons, so we are spilling 8000 barrels per day.
A single supertanker can carry over 3 million barrels. The leakage would require over 1 year to fill such a ship. Some oil rigs can store over a million barrels aboard.
Annually, tankers move 2 billion barrels.
So, while the leakage is certainly significant, even a small tanker accident could be massively more important.
Gosh I hope not....The fish may glow in the dark.
A nuclear detonation would not fuse it shut. While the heat is tremendous it is not in contact with the sea bed for long enough to make a credible layer.
Supposedly the pressure of the detonation would crush the well casing and shut off the flow of oil and maybe the Soviets did do this but I am not so sure.
The problem with this practice would be while the downward pressure of the blast may crush the casing the detonation would dig out a very large crater in the sea bed that could expose the supposed porous part of the sea bed and create more "natural" leaks.
Add to that, the now-radioactive ejecta from the crater would be transported by the plasma ball upward to be dispersed into the water and spread by the current.
Not a good scenario.
Is there a real link anywhere or are you using this incident for personal gain?
What a sick and twisted tool to use a tragedy for blog hits!.
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