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backscatter712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-20-10 10:22 PM
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72. That's what I'm thinking.
Top kill involves pumping drilling mud into the blowout preventer to snuff the gusher.

There's a huge amount of pressure from the gusher going through the BP, and now they're going to add to the pressure by pumping in the drilling mud, and they'll have to use a huge amount of pressure if they want to get enough mud into the BP and the well to do the job.

If they overdo it, they could blow up the BP, which would be Bad. At that point, the only thing that could possibly stop the gusher will be the relief well, which won't be finished until August.

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  -Stupid question... Can't they just put a big plug on the leak? garybeck  May-20-10 11:40 AM   #0 
  - Same reason they don't use a big wad of chewing gum.  HiFructosePronSyrup   May-20-10 11:42 AM   #1 
  - Or a huge tampon...or ten bazillion regular sized ones  pipi_k   May-20-10 12:58 PM   #30 
  - You're fulla shit .......  Stinky The Clown   May-20-10 10:29 PM   #74 
  - There is extreme outgoing pressure from the spurting oil..A plug cannot just be  BrklynLiberal   May-20-10 11:42 AM   #2 
  - OK, so calculate the pressure, and engineer a plug that's big enough  garybeck   May-20-10 11:48 AM   #14 
     - Make a conical screw/bore plug.  MUAD_DIB   May-20-10 11:57 AM   #20 
     - It takes about 5 miles of mud to contain the pressure while drilling is in progress.  Statistical   May-20-10 03:52 PM   #48 
     - Thank you for sharing the science on this.  truedelphi   May-21-10 01:36 PM   #87 
     - We need an expert. Call Joe the Plumber!!!!  Dr.Phool   May-20-10 11:17 PM   #77 
        - Hey, could we jam him into the hole to stop the gusher?  calimary   May-21-10 01:43 PM   #89 
  - I Imagine it has a lot to do with pressure  notadmblnd   May-20-10 11:42 AM   #3 
  - I read somewhere there's a 1500 psi difference between the oil and the water  gristy   May-20-10 11:43 AM   #4 
  - Actually it is more like 13,000 psi  Strelnikov_   May-20-10 12:40 PM   #24 
     - That likely is the minimum pressure.  Statistical   May-20-10 02:18 PM   #44 
        - ..  Strelnikov_   May-20-10 03:48 PM   #47 
        - Very good points. I stand corrected.  Statistical   May-20-10 04:04 PM   #50 
        - Yep, you have the shaken soda bottle effect.  backscatter712   May-20-10 10:15 PM   #69 
  - how about just pumping concrete into that leaking pipe  DrDan   May-20-10 11:43 AM   #5 
  - I would guess that if they had a pump capable of countering the pressure of the spurting  BrklynLiberal   May-20-10 11:45 AM   #7 
  - you are probably correct  DrDan   May-20-10 11:46 AM   #10 
  - WE will leeran from ..this..but the question is whether the oil companies and govt will.  BrklynLiberal   May-20-10 11:48 AM   #12 
  - The incredible pressure combined with the methane ice  lumberjack_jeff   May-20-10 11:50 AM   #17 
  - That's what they're gonna try next.  backscatter712   May-20-10 10:18 PM   #71 
  - that's essentailly what they are going to try sunday.....  spanone   May-20-10 11:44 AM   #6 
  - Guess they did not want to try this earlier cause they were trying to maintain  BrklynLiberal   May-20-10 11:49 AM   #15 
  - they say if this goes wrong, it could make the disaster worse.....  spanone   May-20-10 11:50 AM   #16 
  - That's what I'm thinking.  backscatter712   May-20-10 10:22 PM   #72 
  - false  gristy   May-20-10 08:26 PM   #55 
     - They are drilling another well 2, actually  BeFree   May-20-10 09:13 PM   #57 
        - I'll buy you DU stars for as long as you live if BP goes bankrupt.  Statistical   May-20-10 09:20 PM   #58 
           - you're on  BeFree   May-20-10 09:23 PM   #59 
              - The whole word hates Exxon and they recovered.  Statistical   May-20-10 09:28 PM   #62 
                 - Deleted message  Name removed   May-20-10 09:41 PM   #63 
                    - BP isn't going anywhere.  Statistical   May-20-10 09:44 PM   #64 
                       - heh...sensitive, eh?  BeFree   May-20-10 10:26 PM   #73 
                          - BP won't pay $85 billion.  Statistical   May-20-10 10:35 PM   #75 
                             - Right?  BeFree   May-20-10 10:57 PM   #76 
                                - Sure. Keep dreaming.  Statistical   May-21-10 07:11 AM   #78 
                                   - Yeah?  BeFree   May-21-10 08:22 AM   #80 
                                      - No BP won't fail.  Statistical   May-21-10 08:36 AM   #81 
                                         - well, there is one way BP can stay  BeFree   May-21-10 08:51 AM   #83 
                                            - when all else fails and you look silly, start blaming obama for it.  dionysus   May-21-10 09:10 AM   #84 
                                               - Obama isn't to blame  BeFree   May-21-10 09:15 AM   #85 
  - geeze, why did they wait 4 weeks to even try this?  garybeck   May-20-10 12:00 PM   #22 
     - It's not really "mud"  lakerboy   May-20-10 02:21 PM   #45 
     - Mud is needed to hold back natural gas.  Statistical   May-20-10 02:21 PM   #46 
  - How about plugging it up with a few dozen BP execs? nt  greencharlie   May-20-10 11:45 AM   #8 
  - Yep. Shove them ass first into the hole...BP execs, Limpballs, Beck, and  BrklynLiberal   May-20-10 11:47 AM   #11 
     - And if the leak still isn't plugged after that - no harm, no foul.  CLANG   May-20-10 01:34 PM   #37 
        - Yep. Zackly!!!  BrklynLiberal   May-20-10 01:43 PM   #40 
  - Yes. You're missing something. n/t  lumberjack_jeff   May-20-10 11:45 AM   #9 
  - They do have a big concrete pad  BeFree   May-20-10 11:48 AM   #13 
  - I would guess they do not want to do anything that would interfere with their future  BrklynLiberal   May-20-10 11:51 AM   #18 
  - How does shutting down the flow from this well interfere with their future access to the oil?  gristy   May-20-10 08:28 PM   #56 
  - Animation sure makes it real...and scary as hell.  BrklynLiberal   May-20-10 11:55 AM   #19 
  - They would rather salvage the oil than save the Gulf  Lorien   May-20-10 01:35 PM   #38 
     - There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that THAT is where the priorities of BP  BrklynLiberal   May-20-10 01:45 PM   #41 
  - Ever have a soda bottle explode on you and try to stop the liquid?  stray cat   May-20-10 11:59 AM   #21 
  - Some of the biggest issues are  jp11   May-20-10 12:02 PM   #23 
  - Sounds simple until you try it a mile under water. n/t  WeDidIt   May-20-10 12:42 PM   #25 
  - Excuses are like assholes  BeFree   May-20-10 12:48 PM   #26 
     - Back seat drivers are like rectums.  HiFructosePronSyrup   May-20-10 12:49 PM   #28 
     - BP is full of shit  BeFree   May-20-10 01:04 PM   #32 
        - I'm sorry...  HiFructosePronSyrup   May-20-10 01:13 PM   #35 
     - Why anybody would want to be like BP is beyond me.  WeDidIt   May-20-10 12:54 PM   #29 
     - Yep  BeFree   May-20-10 01:02 PM   #31 
        - It's not an excuse. It is a statement of fact  WeDidIt   May-20-10 01:13 PM   #34 
     - Clearly, BP should have thought of these emergencies before they started drilling...  backscatter712   May-20-10 10:11 PM   #68 
  - I'm pretty sure it's all window dressing.  hunter   May-20-10 12:49 PM   #27 
  - Nobody knows what they can do.  Ganja Ninja   May-20-10 01:10 PM   #33 
  - You mean like Mitch McConnells butt plug?  CLANG   May-20-10 01:31 PM   #36 
  - Safe sex boys and girls.... remember the condoms!  Trillo   May-20-10 01:37 PM   #39 
  - Shove Joe Lieberman into it  jberryhill   May-20-10 01:46 PM   #42 
  - Cram the fat ass Limbaugh into the leak, problem solved!  B Calm   May-20-10 02:14 PM   #43 
  - A small yield nuclear bomb would seal it n/t  Dank Nugs   May-20-10 03:56 PM   #49 
  - You nuke freaks are amusing.  Karenina   May-20-10 04:24 PM   #51 
  - Just because I say that it's a viable option doesn't mean I'm a nuke freak  Dank Nugs   May-20-10 04:33 PM   #53 
  - A small nuke could open up the ocean floor. . . .  B Calm   May-20-10 05:28 PM   #54 
     - Not likely.  Statistical   May-20-10 09:24 PM   #60 
        - Forgetting the earthquake fault lines in the Gulf of Mexico?  B Calm   May-21-10 12:37 PM   #86 
  - Could conventional explosives be used? Big bang w/o the radiation?  yodermon   May-20-10 10:15 PM   #70 
  - Welcome to DU! Great user name!  JVS   May-20-10 04:26 PM   #52 
  - I'm visualizing something like this...  pipoman   May-20-10 09:24 PM   #61 
  - I'm always visualizing something like that.  Codeine   May-21-10 01:38 PM   #88 
  - It's called DRAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINAGE garybeck! (sorry couldn't resist)  harun   May-20-10 09:46 PM   #65 
  - Imagine trying to screw a cap onto a fire hose that's gushing full force.  backscatter712   May-20-10 10:06 PM   #66 
  - 5,000 feet under the ocean is a long way down.  cwydro   May-20-10 10:07 PM   #67 
  - They should try plugging the hole with oil company executives...  Silent3   May-21-10 07:16 AM   #79 
  - The force of the oil gusshing out is too high.  Odin2005   May-21-10 08:40 AM   #82 

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