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Cubic block for BP spill?

  1. Jun 1, 2010 #1


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    Make 10 ft sided cubic block (1000 cu ft) of concrete, rebar, and sand, on a barge. Then use 2 barges and pulleys perhaps to drop such block 2000 ft (10 secs?), which might penetrate 100 ft(?) into muck. Drop it slightly off target, so that sub-mud surface conduit collapses shut. Water is non-compressible fluid, whereas gas in conduit is a compressible fluid. So the cubic block would push muck over into conduit, collapsing it.
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  3. Jun 1, 2010 #2


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    What the heck is 'muck'?

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  5. Jun 18, 2010 #4


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    perhaps cement encasements of the base of oil rig posts (at 20 ft), useful for stability for hurricane season, would also push the water loaded sediments in part towards the collapsible gas conduit.
  6. Jun 18, 2010 #5
    My educated guess is probably seabed.
  7. Jun 18, 2010 #6
    Quite frankly, I'm all for some type of "brute force" containment method to stop this leak, since the other technologies appear to be ineffective.
    However, I would go greater than a 1000 cubic foot drop seal. Maybe 10,000.
    I don't know. Whatever it takes!!!!
  8. Jun 20, 2010 #7
    Something I think would work, is drilling another intersecting well. Cap that so you can effectively collect all the oil from it. By forcibly sucking oil through the bypass that will reduce the pressure on the main well, and make it easier to close. All you need is to drop a giant concrete cap on it and bolt it to the seabed, or something like that.
  9. Jun 21, 2010 #8
    What do you think a relief well is? :tongue2:
  10. Jun 22, 2010 #9
    A well you go to the bathroom in? :rofl:
  11. Jun 30, 2010 #10


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