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Old 07-20-2010, 10:00 AM   #1
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Wait just when you thought things might be looking up.. Another Top Kill!
This is a brilliant idea:

http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article222469.ece

Top Kill Part Two!
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Great info in that article. Thanks for Posting!!
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This blows my mind...they have the thing sealed..a week or two at the most to having the first releif well completed...JUST LEAVE IT ALONE!
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The government won't let BP leave it alone.
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Ok, why not top kill it this way they wont have to deal with the much higher pressure at the bottom of the well where the relief well will enter the bad well. I hope they try it It should work unless there are some more leaks below the BOP that carry away the mud. I think they should have tried this as soon as they capped the leaking riser. Remember the pressure at the bottom of the well is somewhere around 13000 PSI.
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Why risk it? Leave the thing alone..it supposedly is not leaking oil into the Gulf right now and go like hell to finish the relief wells? Which is the "permanent solution" anyway.

Unless..it is cheaper to top kill it rather than finish the relief wells.......$$$$$$
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Why risk it? Leave the thing alone..it supposedly is not leaking oil into the Gulf right now and go like hell to finish the relief wells? Which is the "permanent solution" anyway.

Unless..it is cheaper to top kill it rather than finish the relief wells.......$$$$$$
Or perhaps BP wants to one day potentially use the new well they just paid to drill for to produce oil if they are successful in killing Macando...
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Why risk it? Leave the thing alone..it supposedly is not leaking oil into the Gulf right now and go like hell to finish the relief wells? Which is the "permanent solution" anyway.

Unless..it is cheaper to top kill it rather than finish the relief wells.......$$$$$$
Why wouldn't a top kill sooner be a permanent solution? And a lot easier all they have to do is hook a hose up to the fitting that's closed now 6700 PSI fill the hose with drilling mud and slowly open the valve at the BOP and the mud ( Heavier than the oil pressure) would be pumped down into the well. Sounds a lot easier than piercing the well behind 13000 PSI. The drilling mud exerts more pressure from the surface (one mile) than the 6700 PSI at the BOP.
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Isn't the well pipe where the oil was exiting from now virtually a pressure vessel?
If so, then is not the hydraulic pressure the same throughout the length of that pressure vessel?

PSI is PSI, right?
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Isn't the well pipe where the oil was exiting from now virtually a pressure vessel?
If so, then is not the hydraulic pressure the same throughout the length of that pressure vessel?

PSI is PSI, right?
YES PSI is PSI but the oil in the well pipe is still subject to gravity and the weight of the oil exerts about .400 PSI per every foot @ 3 miles that is about 6900 more PSI at the well bottom.Water exerts .445 psi per foot and oil is lighter than water.
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