Monday, July 19, 2010


It seems to be looking as though the initial reports of seepage are, in fact, accurate. If this is the case then the sea floor is compromised and the only way to even partially control the leak will be to open the cap and try to recover the oil. Maybe a new cap with hoses allowing the oil to bleed off in an orderly manner to ships on the surface will work. Maybe a pipeline could be permanently constructed to carry the oil to shore. I don't know.

The thing is that if the sea floor is compromised then I doubt that the relief wells will work. We are looking at a continuous flow that, best case, we can hopefully manage but never shut off. If this is the case, BP needs to get the cap off and take the pressure off the well to stop the seepage as much as possible. If oil is being forced through the sea floor it is eroding the floor with each passing day, creating greater chance of failure and uncontrollable flow.

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