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Thread: Should a Tactical Nuke Be Used to Close the Deepwater Horizon well head?

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    Should a Tactical Nuke Be Used to Close the Deepwater Horizon well head?

    I mean, a small nuke, on the order of 10-20 kt, would be sufficient to close the leak, and it would clearly do FAR less ecological damage than the continuing incompetence of Obama and BP.

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    Re: Should a Tactical Nuke Be Used to Close the Deepwater Horizon well head?

    It sounds like a crazy idea to me, it could make the situation far worse.

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    Re: Should a Tactical Nuke Be Used to Close the Deepwater Horizon well head?

    No. The leak will eventually be stopped, and the oil will eventually be cleaned up. It's horrible, it's messy, but the effects of a nuclear blast would last a lot longer. If you do that I'm pretty sure you can say goodbye to any type of fishing in the gulf for a long while.

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    Re: Should a Tactical Nuke Be Used to Close the Deepwater Horizon well head?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    I mean, a small nuke, on the order of 10-20 kt, would be sufficient to close the leak, and it would clearly do FAR less ecological damage than the continuing incompetence of Obama and BP.
    It would take a far smaller explosive force than that which could be accomplished with conventional explosives.

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    Re: Should a Tactical Nuke Be Used to Close the Deepwater Horizon well head?

    just how would an explosion, nuclear or conventional, close the hole?
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    Re: Should a Tactical Nuke Be Used to Close the Deepwater Horizon well head?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    No. The leak will eventually be stopped, and the oil will eventually be cleaned up. It's horrible, it's messy, but the effects of a nuclear blast would last a lot longer. If you do that I'm pretty sure you can say goodbye to any type of fishing in the gulf for a long while.
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    Re: Should a Tactical Nuke Be Used to Close the Deepwater Horizon well head?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    just how would an explosion, nuclear or conventional, close the hole?
    Yeah. I'm scratching my head. Wouldn't it just vaporize more rock and possibly increase the flow by expanding the hole? I could possibly see the shockwave crimpling the pipe, but I think this is a hairbrained idea.
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    Re: Should a Tactical Nuke Be Used to Close the Deepwater Horizon well head?

    I think the nuclear explosion would collapse the hole and plug it with debris. I may be wrong, but hasn't Russia used small nukes to plus oil spills? I am not going to vote yet until I know all the facts. What would the aftermath/radiation from the nuke do to the ecological system/fishing industry?
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    Re: Should a Tactical Nuke Be Used to Close the Deepwater Horizon well head?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    just how would an explosion, nuclear or conventional, close the hole?
    By collapsing it.

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    Re: Should a Tactical Nuke Be Used to Close the Deepwater Horizon well head?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I think the nuclear explosion would collapse the hole and plug it with debris.
    If it was that simple, why don't we just drop boulders and gravel on it? Or simply just use placed charges? I can see where you're going though. A nuke would provide a large enough shockwave to collapse the pipe relatively deep enough and fast enough so that the pressure would not overcome the falling debris. We'd still probably get leakage, but not like we have now.

    I may be wrong, but hasn't Russia used small nukes to plus oil spills?
    When?

    What would the aftermath/radiation from the nuke do to the ecological system/fishing industry?
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