Wednesday, June 23, 2010


By kdtroxel

BP formally known as “British Petroleum Company”, drills into a volatile region known for containing high amounts of methane gas. Either accident or self sabotage, the oil well explodes taking down the “Deepwater Horizon” oil platform, which was heavily over insured. This disaster leads to millions of barrels of oil contaminating the Gulf of Mexico and in months to come, the Atlantic oceans. Spurious attempts to stop the well, known from prior experience not to work, have only resulted in increased oil output. President Obama bans oil well drilling in the region, refuses world assistance, authorizes only two relief wells, and considers nuking the well to stop the leak. Without understanding the mineral strata makeup of which this well is drilled into, the nuclear option may exacerbate the oil disaster. If the mineral stratum contains brittle material or large pockets of methane gas and oil, a nuclear weapon may break up the brittle material creating more sea floor seepage or ignite a gas & oil pockets and blowout the ocean floor.

Our oceans vegetative life, converts the majority of our atmospheric carbon dioxide to oxygen. Contaminating our oceans with oil will disrupt this cycle of life. One gallon of oil contaminates 250 gallons of water. Transoceanic drilled into prospect name “Kodiak” in the area of Mississippi Canyon 771, in 4,986 feet of water with an estimate oil reserve of near 12 billion barrels. Should this reservoir of oil be released all at once, quickly, or gradually into the oceans, then most life on the planet earth will eventually diminish due to lack of breathable oxygen.

The correct action to contain this oil disaster is to initiate all come drill here initiatives. The only real way to cap the leaking BP well is to drill dozens of relief wells to reduce the pressure of the leaking well enough to allow cement capping. To allow this strategy to work, many changes must occur with the Mineral Management Service (MMS) and government regulations, such as:

1) Requiring deep ocean drilling to leave a physical metal pipe in the hole drilled. Current practices drill the hole while backfilling a concrete liner sleeve. Upon completion of the well, the metal pipe is removed leaving only the liner to contain flow of oil and gas. A physical metal pipe would better contain the high pressures of equal mixture of methane gas and oil.

2) Blow out preventer rated at higher pressures. The failed blowout preventer was only rated for 15,000 psi. The correct pressure rating for this type of deep water drilling blowout preventer should be in the range of 100,000 psi.

3) Unlimited liability to oil companies for spilling product. For-profit oil companies must be responsible for all accidental or negligent release of oil into the environment.

4) Penalties for oil release disasters must include the following actions:
a. Revocation of the companies involved corporate charters.
b. Seizure of all assets of the offending corporation.
c. Piercing the corporate veil and suing the board and directors of the firm.
d. Criminal penalties assessed to the firms leadership.

5) The use of toxic dispersant must be banned. Dispersant's only hide the problem by preventing the majority of the oil from pooling on the surface, where it can be skimmed off.

6) We need world assistance to clean up and contain this oil disaster. Foreign assistance must be asked and allowed.

7) United States of America has near two thousand skimmers that can be used to skim the oil out of the water. Currently only 20 skimmers are being employed to skim oil in the Gulf of Mexico. It would appear that all is not being done to contain and clean up the oil, this policy must be change.

If the maximum current rate of unregulated oil release into the Gulf of Mexico of 100,000 barrels of oil a day is true, then it would take 328 years for this well to deplete.

President Obama, you swore an oath to protect and defend the constitution and the peoples of the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic. We will hold you to your oath. The fact that we must remind you of your oath casts doubt upon its sincerity.


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