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Braulio Donating Member (860 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-10 09:19 AM
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55. Blowing up the well will never be an option
I don't think people get it. Blowing up the well just isn't an option. Period. The measure of last resort would be to drill three wells near the blowout well, in a triangular pattern, and pump water at high pressure to flood out the reservoir. Once the reservoir is flooded out, the blow out will blow water, not oil. And if the well can be loaded with water this way, then it's simple (but expensive) to load it with heavy brine. This assumes the two relief wells can't achieve the kill. What worries me is whether the geopressure gradient is so odd the use of high pressure pumping may fracture the top seal. I have heard some really odd comments about the area's geomechanic properties, so odd, I'm starting to believe this particular oil field may never be produced.
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  -Bill Clinton: We May Have to Blow Up Oil Well highplainsdem  Jun-28-10 10:28 PM   #0 
  - I see them avoiding that because it won't work  Warpy   Jun-28-10 10:30 PM   #1 
  - Why wouyldn't it work?  bowens43   Jun-29-10 07:43 AM   #38 
     - If you'd read beyond the post topic  Warpy   Jun-29-10 07:59 AM   #42 
     - Because if you fracture further the rock dome, you are left with a bigger problem  karynnj   Jun-29-10 09:49 AM   #60 
  - Don't quit your day job Bill.  tridim   Jun-28-10 10:33 PM   #2 
  - +1  gateley   Jun-29-10 01:23 AM   #26 
  - The American way, blow it up. n/t  Downwinder   Jun-28-10 10:38 PM   #3 
  - "The War On Oil Gushers" n/t  DeSwiss   Jun-28-10 10:43 PM   #6 
  - All they have to do is coin that phrase and it's a sure thing the gusher will go on forever  Lone_Star_Dem   Jun-30-10 11:22 AM   #105 
  - !  City Lights   Jun-29-10 08:05 AM   #44 
  - Bill picks up on the word blow.  joe black   Jun-29-10 08:55 AM   #50 
  - LOL!!! (nt)  JaneQPublic   Jun-29-10 10:14 AM   #64 
  - Yeah. For Bill if it contains the word "blow", it must be good n/t  conspirator   Jun-29-10 06:57 PM   #85 
  - It's what we do best, we're number 1!  Dappleganger   Jun-29-10 07:04 PM   #87 
  - and "cover the leak with piles and piles and piles of rock and debris"  Submariner   Jun-28-10 10:40 PM   #4 
  - I heard that shit on the radio.  Webster Green   Jun-28-10 10:52 PM   #7 
  - LOL no shit.  KillCapitalism   Jun-29-10 01:20 PM   #73 
  - Word has it that in between women and semesters at Oxford  Catherina   Jun-29-10 01:03 AM   #24 
  - Blowing shit up is always the ultimate answer to p  Bonobo   Jun-28-10 10:41 PM   #5 
  - They blowed up real good!  amandabeech   Jun-28-10 10:53 PM   #8 
     - SCTV was the greatest.  Bonobo   Jun-28-10 10:58 PM   #11 
        - I can hear the musical stylings of the Schmengies now.  amandabeech   Jun-28-10 11:28 PM   #17 
           - Cabbage Rolls and Coffee, Mmmm, Mmmm, Good!! nt  Javaman   Jun-29-10 08:24 AM   #45 
              - And theme from "Jaws" as a polka, complete with a shark fin strapped  amandabeech   Jun-29-10 12:19 PM   #70 
                 - Man, I miss Second City.  Javaman   Jun-29-10 03:34 PM   #81 
                    - I miss it, too.  amandabeech   Jun-30-10 11:02 AM   #101 
  - his heart attack must have left him oxygen deprived  WhiteTara   Jun-28-10 10:54 PM   #9 
  - Blow it up so we have a bigger hole that is leaking oil?  high density   Jun-28-10 10:57 PM   #10 
  - Ohhhh, so your a deep sea explosives!!!  cstanleytech   Jun-29-10 06:24 AM   #32 
     - Answer to your question  Braulio   Jun-29-10 07:41 AM   #37 
        - Interesting.  cstanleytech   Jun-29-10 09:42 AM   #58 
        - Awesome description - we could futher break the world!!  karynnj   Jun-29-10 09:52 AM   #61 
  - BP is avoiding that option for one reason...  PacerLJ35   Jun-28-10 11:00 PM   #12 
  - Setting an explosive charge in a well is a common technique.  denbot   Jun-28-10 11:13 PM   #13 
  - Fracking is not used to plug wells...  SkyDaddy7   Jun-29-10 05:18 AM   #30 
  - What about a high temp explosive to melt and seal the ocean floor where its leaking?  cstanleytech   Jun-29-10 06:28 AM   #34 
  - To be honest I have no idea but...  SkyDaddy7   Jun-30-10 05:01 PM   #109 
     - Yes but that is why I was  cstanleytech   Jun-30-10 05:41 PM   #110 
  - I used to sell Oil and Gas wells.  denbot   Jun-29-10 01:11 PM   #72 
     - What?? How?  SkyDaddy7   Jun-30-10 04:57 PM   #108 
  - You are confused  Braulio   Jun-29-10 09:08 AM   #52 
     - I have been involved in fracking wells in the Frio Sands wells of east Texas.  denbot   Jun-29-10 01:27 PM   #76 
        - This isn't Frio sands  Braulio   Jun-29-10 06:55 PM   #84 
           - Good points, but..  denbot   Jun-29-10 10:30 PM   #94 
              - They are not doing nothing  Braulio   Jun-30-10 07:45 AM   #99 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jun-28-10 11:21 PM   #14 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jun-28-10 11:31 PM   #18 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jun-28-10 11:41 PM   #21 
     - Sure, why not?  calendargirl   Jun-29-10 12:01 AM   #23 
        - Deleted message  Name removed   Jun-29-10 02:05 AM   #28 
  - I'll take his advice on sucking, as he has some documented experience in evaluating that approach,  pundaint   Jun-28-10 11:24 PM   #15 
  - True Dat!  earcandle   Jun-28-10 11:27 PM   #16 
  - I'd buy that...we can point fingers all day long after we fix the problem  PacerLJ35   Jun-28-10 11:33 PM   #19 
  - Bill! Put down the cocktails and sober up before you speak in public.  gauguin57   Jun-28-10 11:35 PM   #20 
  - +1  suzie   Jun-29-10 07:43 AM   #39 
  - This is an ignorant article.  DURHAM D   Jun-28-10 11:45 PM   #22 
  - I think Bill was quite clear  Catherina   Jun-29-10 01:07 AM   #25 
  - There is quite a bit of rock cover between the mineral source and the ocean floor.  denbot   Jun-29-10 01:36 AM   #27 
     - No it can't.  Braulio   Jun-29-10 09:11 AM   #53 
        - The steel casing would be destroyed during the blast/s  denbot   Jun-29-10 01:25 PM   #74 
           - Sorry, but that's not the way it works  Braulio   Jun-29-10 03:28 PM   #80 
  - I agree!  SkyDaddy7   Jun-29-10 05:07 AM   #29 
  - thank you... he was pointing out the riduculousness of blowing up a spewing well  SemperEadem   Jun-29-10 06:25 AM   #33 
  - LOL  Braulio   Jun-29-10 09:22 AM   #56 
  - He just wants to see the totally awesome explosion and bitchen waves  Blandocyte   Jun-29-10 06:05 AM   #31 
  - Gee, I wasn't aware he had a background in nuclear petroleum engineering!  hatrack   Jun-29-10 06:50 AM   #35 
  - Why Don't We Just Shove Rush Limbaugh's Fat Ass Down That Pipe?  mikekohr   Jun-29-10 06:54 AM   #36 
  - Because the oil would just shoot out his mouth and ears.  Dr.Phool   Jun-29-10 08:27 AM   #46 
  - right on! I think that is the best solution  SemperEadem   Jun-30-10 05:44 AM   #95 
  - Big Dawg isn't an engineer and doesn't know what he is talking about.  ElsewheresDaughter   Jun-29-10 07:54 AM   #40 
  - It is just basic physics. Enough rock and debris over top will close it.  harun   Jun-29-10 08:04 AM   #43 
  - Geology fail. (n/t)  Nihil   Jun-29-10 08:29 AM   #47 
  - Enough isn't enough  Braulio   Jun-30-10 11:15 AM   #102 
  - Yah it is obviously a horrible idea but I am having a hard time with  harun   Jun-30-10 04:38 PM   #107 
  - ROFL  snooper2   Jun-30-10 11:39 AM   #106 
  - and you are? What is your solution then?  SemperEadem   Jun-30-10 05:45 AM   #96 
     - I am  Braulio   Jun-30-10 11:17 AM   #103 
  - Speechifying is hard work. Big Macs and fries ftw.  PfcHammer   Jun-29-10 07:56 AM   #41 
  - Really, what could possibly go wrong? /nt  Bragi   Jun-29-10 08:37 AM   #48 
  - Bill's saying that blow-up is a last resort  marions ghost   Jun-29-10 08:51 AM   #49 
  - Blowing up the well will never be an option  Braulio   Jun-29-10 09:19 AM   #55 
     - I get what you're saying  marions ghost   Jun-29-10 09:36 AM   #57 
     - The name is Kent Wells  Braulio   Jun-29-10 12:22 PM   #71 
        - why would pressure be down?  marions ghost   Jun-29-10 02:30 PM   #78 
           - Why would pressure be down? Because...  Braulio   Jun-29-10 07:01 PM   #86 
     - You only need to drill one well to intercept the leaking well bore. nt  Selatius   Jun-29-10 07:12 PM   #90 
        - But in this case one well may not be enough  Braulio   Jun-30-10 07:55 AM   #100 
  - I'm thinking that even as greedy as bp is they aren't trying to make  LaurenG   Jun-29-10 08:59 AM   #51 
  - Bill, it's the Smart Peoples' Club on line 2  Bragi   Jun-29-10 09:16 AM   #54 
  - This is not helpful and it has been a RW solution for weeks  karynnj   Jun-29-10 09:43 AM   #59 
  - Yeah I would like to know  marions ghost   Jun-29-10 10:05 AM   #62 
  - Exactly - it's komplikated  Baclava   Jun-29-10 10:08 AM   #63 
  - Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner.  Major Hogwash   Jun-30-10 07:27 AM   #97 
  - I actually think this would work...  sfwriter   Jun-29-10 10:46 AM   #65 
  - Discussion here...  sfwriter   Jun-29-10 10:56 AM   #66 
     - OK - you want to blow a MOAB or Daisy-cutter bomb in 5000ft of water  Baclava   Jun-29-10 11:26 AM   #67 
        - Silly  Braulio   Jun-30-10 11:20 AM   #104 
  - Wouldn't the shock wave produce a tsunami?  AnnieBW   Jun-29-10 11:29 AM   #68 
  - see: WWII Project Seal: The Tsunami bomb experiments  Baclava   Jun-29-10 11:52 AM   #69 
     - Okay, thanks  AnnieBW   Jun-29-10 07:07 PM   #89 
        - nobody knows such things - welcome to the inner circle  Baclava   Jun-29-10 08:36 PM   #92 
  - It worked for the moon.  AngryAmish   Jun-29-10 01:26 PM   #75 
  - And then what?!  sakabatou   Jun-29-10 01:29 PM   #77 
  - Lava. Lots of molten rock should do it.  Phoonzang   Jun-29-10 02:44 PM   #79 
  - Nuke it from orbit - it's the only way to be sure  Baclava   Jun-29-10 04:03 PM   #82 
  - Won't work.  Braulio   Jun-29-10 07:05 PM   #88 
  - Say we just slant drill over and tap into that Icelandic volcano with a name nobody can pronounce  Brother Buzz   Jun-29-10 07:25 PM   #91 
  - Sister Sarah would say, "Ship it in from Alas-ka"  Major Hogwash   Jun-30-10 07:29 AM   #98 
  - Sigh ... Watch the clip - the entire clip - don't just read the headline.  SomeGuyInEagan   Jun-29-10 04:14 PM   #83 
  - Face meet palm...hi palm let me hit you a few times for affect!  Rex   Jun-29-10 09:36 PM   #93 

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