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I disagree with both prophesied developments cited in the article: BP will continue to stay on the job and there will be no credible talk of a nuclear option. First, this is BP's mess and it's theirs to clean up. Second, look at this.
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“Real environmentalists live in cities, and they visit what's left of the wilderness as gently and respectfully as possible.” — Donna Moulton, letter to the editor, Tucson Weekly, published on August 23, 2001
If the US were to attempt a similar move, we would need a capsule small enough to fit down the 12in-18in shaft yet large enough to fit a nuke of sufficient size to do the job.
Both manned subs, ROVs and even torpedoes are wider that the typical 12in-18in shaft.
Do you know of a container the nuke could be placed in which would withstand the pressure of a 5,000ft depth + whatever the depth of the shaft would be, AND fit down that shaft?
Suppose they put a nuke into an ROV's basket and aimed to place the nuke down the opening of the BOP. Also suppose that they have a nuke which would not be crushed by the water pressure as the ROV descended to sea floor. How would you force the nuke down the well with all that oil shooting out? How would you maintain positive control over the nuke as it descended down the well and could no longer respond to remote control due to all the sea floor between the controller and the nuke?
Last edited by Jerry; 05-30-10 at 05:45 PM.
I hope they do do it. The problem comes not from the radiation, which the water column will readily absorb and convert to heat. The problem is the radioactive isotopes formed when setting off a nuke. These isotopes will add to the normal background radioactive material and in a body of water the size of the gulf, it will be quickly dispersed and no harm will come to oceanic life.
A few things.
First, the Russians did not have the technology to cement the leaking well at the reservoir. We do.
Second, the Russians supposedly drilled a relief well to insert the bomb. If it comes down to choice between a nuclear relief well and a non nuclear relief well, I'll take the non nuclear variety please.
Lastly, any of you that think we can just simply shove a bomb down the hole... do you realize that the pressure beneath the BOP is a staggering 13,500 psi? It is a 21" pipe, which has an area of just a hair over 346". Every single one of these 346 inches is seeing 13,500 psi. So to put this in perspective, if you were to try and plug the pipe by putting a cap on it, the cap would need to weigh 4,671,000 lbs! Good luck trying to send the bomb down that pipe. Nothing is going to work except for the relief wells. Pray that the delays and setbacks on them are minimal folks.
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