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Gulf of Mexico - BP Video Shows Oil Spewing

Published on: May 13, 2010 11:29 AM
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Gulf of Mexico - Video released by BP shows oil spewing from a yellowish, broken pipe 5,000 feet below the surface. The oil looks like steam rushing from a geyser.

The video released Wednesday gives a not-yet-seen glimpse of the leaking well a mile underwater. The stream occasionally can be seen becoming lighter as natural gas mixes into the gusher.

Natural gas has been flowing from the well since the beginning. BP’s Doug Suttles says the rate natural gas has been flowing out hasn’t changed in the 21 days since the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.



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 May 13, 2010 at 12:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Why doesn't someone go down there and attach a pipe from where it gushes?

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 May 13, 2010 at 01:01 PM Anonymous Says:

The pressure of the oil is to great, plus the water is probally so filthy that it's impossible to see. It seems to be that a pipe 1 mile long or the depth of the leak needs to be attatched to the leak. I don't know if that's possible

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 May 13, 2010 at 01:16 PM MEME Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Why doesn't someone go down there and attach a pipe from where it gushes?

What do you think its 10 feet deep? your talking about 5,000 feet deep

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 May 13, 2010 at 01:27 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Why doesn't someone go down there and attach a pipe from where it gushes?

"Someone" cannot just go down there. The water pressure a mile down in the Gulf is about 5 tons per square inch as opposed to 14 pounds on land. Anyone trying would be crushed to death.

BP and TO have been using robotic submersible vehicles to try positioning the various steel and concrete containment boxes over the gusher. This is considerably less precise than having real hands down there. There is a lot of engineering on the fly going on. Hopefully, the lessons learned will go a long way to help better contain blowouts in the future.

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 May 13, 2010 at 01:41 PM T T Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Why doesn't someone go down there and attach a pipe from where it gushes?

What do you think they have been trying to do for the past month?!
Plus, its not just this 1 location, there are other parts of the pipe that have broken.
Its a mile below the surface, not something that you can just lean off the boat & connect. Apart from the pressure of the water above & around you, there is also the pressure of the oil leaking out. I dont know the size of the pipe - difficult to get a scale from the video clip but its probably a lot larger than your garden hose.

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 May 13, 2010 at 02:11 PM Anonymous Says:

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MEME Says:

What do you think its 10 feet deep? your talking about 5,000 feet deep

So send a robot to do it.

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 May 13, 2010 at 03:19 PM Anonymous Says:

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T T Says:

What do you think they have been trying to do for the past month?!
Plus, its not just this 1 location, there are other parts of the pipe that have broken.
Its a mile below the surface, not something that you can just lean off the boat & connect. Apart from the pressure of the water above & around you, there is also the pressure of the oil leaking out. I dont know the size of the pipe - difficult to get a scale from the video clip but its probably a lot larger than your garden hose.

How did they attach the pipe in the first place? How were they getting the crude until now?

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 May 14, 2010 at 05:33 AM Anonymous Says:

What's the problem? Forty bais yaakov girls saying perek shira forty times seems to work for everything else, why not this?

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 May 14, 2010 at 01:47 PM CR Says:

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Anonymous Says:

How did they attach the pipe in the first place? How were they getting the crude until now?

They weren't getting anything. This well was being drilled at the time of the blowout so no production was taking place. Interestingly, BP's intent was to "tap and cap" the well. I.E. once the well was drilled and the oil accessed they planned on plugging the hole until a semi-submersible pumping station could be obtained and moved into place. It does appear that they've had to alter their plans substantially.

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