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Braulio Donating Member (860 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 11:15 AM
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102. Enough isn't enough
That oil was barely kept under the ground as it is. Think of it as a balloon ready to pop. BP stuck a pin and blew it out. This is sort of complicated, but if you were to dump rock and debris on it, the oil would just work its way through the rock and debris. If you throw a monster amount (say a pile big enough to make an artificial island on top of the well), then the sediments under the pile will compact, and this will lead to small earthquakes and faulting - and the oil will escape through the faults. So your solution could lead to a huge disaster, with a ring of faults surrounding your pile, through which the oil escapes in multiple seeps. The only good thing about this scenario is that eventually the oil would run out, in a few years, and we may see evolution take over, as new creatures evolve which can survive in oil contaminated sea water. Bacteria feed readily on the oil, so I imagine a huge oil supply for several years may lead to the evolution of giant oil gobbling bacteria, some of them could grow to be 10 foot wide, and may become the dominant species in the Gulf of Mexico. They could even become giant predators swallowing sharks and other hunter species, and eventually wiggle out of the water and invade our homes. This could even be used in "Hypermacrophage Britannicus", a new book by Stephen King.
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