Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bee Pee, the Spilling Bee

What a protracted catastrophe! The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been gushing out 500,000 gallons of oil a day since April and there's no solution in sight! How long will it take BP to fix it?
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Here's an experimental editorial cartoon (above)  I made in GIF format. Hopefully the deepsea-robot-savvy James Cameron of "Titanic" fame and the other Cameron, the British PM would be able to find a quick solution to stop earth from hemorrhaging further and start an oily Armageddon.

I recently  received an email that scared me bad than any internet virus:

If the engineer’s assessment of the ongoing disaster created by the continuous spewing of oil in the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s collapsed oil rig is accurate, a doomsday scenario is quite evident.


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"Heard your mention of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico this morning, and you (and most everyone else except maybe George Noory) are totally missing the boat on how big and bad of a disaster this is.

First fact, the original estimate was about 5,000 gallons of oil a day spilling into the ocean. Now they're saying 200,000 gallons a day. That's over a million gallons of crude oil a week!

I'm an engineer with 25 years of experience. I've worked on some big projects with big machines. Maybe that's why this mess is so clear to me.

First, the BP platform was drilling for what they call deep oil. They go out where the ocean is about 5,000 feet deep and drill another 30,000 feet into the crust of the earth. This it right on the edge of what human technology can do. Well, this time they hit a pocket of oil at such high pressure that it burst all of their safety valves all the way up to the drilling rig and then caused the rig to explode and sink. Take a moment to grasp the import of that. The pressure behind this oil is so high that it destroyed the maximum effort of human science to contain it.


When the rig sank it flipped over and landed on top of the drill hole some 5,000 feet under the ocean.

Now they've got a hole in the ocean floor, 5,000 feet down with a wrecked oil drilling rig

First they have to get the oil rig off the hole to get at it in order to try to cap it. Do you know the level of effort it will take to move that wrecked oil rig, sitting under 5,000 feet of water? That operation alone would take years and hundreds of millions to accomplish. Then, how do you cap that hole in the muddy ocean floor? There just is no way. No way.

The only piece of human technology that might address this is a nuclear bomb. I'm not kidding. If they put a nuke down there in the right spot it might seal up the hole. Nothing short of that will work.

If we can't cap that hole that oil is going to destroy the oceans of the world. It only takes one quart of motor oil to make 250,000 gallons of ocean water toxic to wildlife. Are you starting to get the magnitude of this?

We're so used to our politicians creating false crises to forward their criminal agendas that we aren't recognizing that we're staring straight into possibly the greatest disaster mankind will ever see. Imagine what happens if that oil keeps flowing until it destroys all life in the oceans of this planet. Who knows how big of a reservoir of oil is down there.

Not to mention that the oceans are critical to maintaining the proper oxygen level in the atmosphere for human life.

We're humped.  Unless God steps in and fixes this.  No human can.  You can be sure of that!
sitting on top of is spewing 200,000 barrels of oil a day into the ocean. Take a moment and consider that, will you!
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This one's a Youtube mock video on how not handle a mess. (link sent in by Banggaan friend.)


News links:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36800673/ns/us_news-environment/#storyContinued

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/15/us/15latest.html

2 Comments:

At Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 6:55:00 PM GMT+10 , Blogger Mitchell said...

The US government and BP will have to do a lot of creative writing to allay peoples fears. Come to think of it, Obama's response was pretty calm, wasn't it? For me that's a worry. Way too calm.

To contribute onto how to stop the waste, maybe someone's already thought of this, why not try to have a suction pipe bigger than the hole, or the leak and capture it, instead of trying to plug the hole? With all the money that the US and BP has, surely they can create a "vacuum cleaner" that can filter the water. I'm saying, if plugging the hole is too difficult, don't plug the hole and just collect it instead. We've seen videos of the plume of oil gushing out and it's a certain size. Just have the vacuum tube bigger than that and it should work. Much like how a dredger for sand works, but on a "slightly" grander scale. Man has been to the moon and yet to control this is taking too long?

 
At Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 8:53:00 PM GMT+10 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, I've been following the oil spill updates in recent weeks and it just breaks my heart. BP needs to Be Punished. I think the world will be a Better Place without greedy oil companies. But the fish rots from the head, it's an open secret that govt officials get lavish gifts in return for turning a blind eye on poor governance by these oil companies.

Michelle

 

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