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Braulio Donating Member (860 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-10 07:41 AM
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37. Answer to your question
Why is it a bad idea to use explosives? Because blowing up the well at the seafloor will lead to loss of containment even worse than we have now. It appears those who propose the use of explosives don't understand the oil is coming up with so much pressure it will fracture the rock - I believe it could fracture right through 3000 feet of sediment layers on the seafloor. This means blowing up the well would at best leave a large crater with oil coming out of a hole in the middle, at worst it will leave a crater with a hole coming out of the middle plus cracks on the sea floor (located in the surrounding area) with the oil gushing out through the cracks. This isn't about "deep sea explosives" expertise. This is about understanding what fluids at high pressure can do, and the properties of the rocks on the sea floor. And this I happen to know a little about.
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