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Holy cow, its been a month since the oil rig blew up, and its *STILL* spewing thousands of barrels of oil into the gulf every stinking day. This is insane - I'm just absolutely dumbfounded that nobody ever thought to figure out how to stop this sort of oil leak. I mean, really? Nobody ever thought this could happen? And what they would do if it did? So a month later, their still just trying this and that and whatever anybody can think of to stop it?!?!
Just think about all the oil rigs around the world - this could happen to *ANY* of them too!! And we have *NO* idea how to stop it!! Its just ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous!!
|Suttles said the biggest technical challenge is that the fluid must be pumped in very quickly, and engineers need to make sure it goes into the well, not out through the leaking pipe, which could make the leak worse.
Engineers are working on several other backup plans in case the top kill doesn't work, including injecting assorted junk into the well to clog it up, and lowering a new blowout preventer on top of the one that failed.
The only certain permanent solution is a pair of relief wells crews have already started drilling, but the task could take at least two months.
Adina mama to B 4/06 and E 8/13/12 (on her due date!)
I agree, phathui, but how does the global community go about doing that? I live a fairly modest lifestyle in comparison to many others around me, yet I am completely surrounded by things that are made from petroleum based products. A computer, a printer, a tv, a telephone, school bags made from synthetic fibres, a wood table with varnish, a synthetic fibre rug, synthetic parts of shoes, a plastic vaccum cleaner. A gas-burning BBQ, stove and hot water heater.
Not to mention the car that burns petroleum every single day of the week.
Plastic is such a part of the daily life of so many people around the world. And people who don't have disposable plastic in their lives want it, for the most part, when you look at it on a global scale. Our medical system depends on it, because almost everything is one use only, & really, we do need to maintain single-use for infection control.
Where do we even begin to start when it comes to decreasing dependency on petroleum (oil)?
I don't want to be a negative vibe merchant, because I do hear what you are saying. I guess I am just asking, what part should we tackle first?