Obama Bringing in Nuclear Experts to Address the Spill

Monday, May 31, 2010

Before the failure of the so-called “Top Kill” method to stop the flow of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, in a desperate move, BP tried the ‘Junk shot’ method to stop the leak which included stuffing junk like golf balls, rubber tires, plastic tubes, and ropes are being used to clog the well. Even human hair was suggested as a potential plug.

But at 5,000 feet below the surface, battling low temperature and high pressure is not an easy task. The pressure of the oil was so enormous that the BOP couldn’t prevent the explosion. Also the leak is now estimated to be more than the 19,000 barrels of oil a day, covering an area 150 miles in length and drilling two relief shafts will not be completed until August at the earliest. So is it now the time to consider a nuclear explosion to cap the gushing oil?

The truth is, Russia has used nukes at least five times starting in Uzbekistan in 1966. when a massive natural gas leak burned for three years. After all efforts to contain the flame in the desert failed, a 30 kiloton atom bomb was used. The explosion sealed the well by displacing tons of rock over the leak.

People naturally fear that a nuclear explosion would set the oil spill on fire but Russia has used subterranean nuclear blasts as much as 169 times and the number would add up to more than 1,000 if all the tests by different countries are taken into account. Since a nuclear explosion in the Gulf of Mexico take place underwater, the absence of oxygen means there is no chance of the oil catching fire. Proponents of the nuclear solution argue the explosion would be underground and beneath the rock. The energy released would heat and melt the surrounding rock, thus shutting off the spill.

There is concern that a nuclear explosion will kill flora, particularly the phytoplankton and the marine organisms including fish. But the oil spill itself, if left unchecked, will cause more damage than the results of a nuclear blast. Further, many tests have been carried underwater and no serious damage has been reported.

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10 Responses to Obama Bringing in Nuclear Experts to Address the Spill

  1. bradfrmphnx says:

    It makes more sense to me now, than human hair. Waiting until August is not an option. Blow it up.

  2. Jack Varney says:

    Some folks in Plaquemines Parish say nuking the f****k shut is the only answer.

    I don’t know. Let’s reserve this approach for the last approach when all else has failed. This thought of a nuclear blast 35 miles off the coast of Louisiana makes me uncomfortable but, August is 90 days away and contrary to the BS you’re getting from BP, the tidal marshes are covered with oil and dying as we speak.

  3. Jolly Roger says:

    I wonder, given the “stability” we can now safely suspect with the other oil rigs…. would a nuke of that size have the potential to aggravate problems with other area rigs?

  4. Robbie says:

    At this point I’m all for it. It’s too late to save the marsh lands and if it’s been done before then why not?

  5. stradella says:

    A nuke in the Gulf?

    Oh, hell no. There’s got to be another way. It’s too risky and I don’t like it one bit.

  6. Big Hank says:

    I’ll play devil’s advocate here for a minute.

    What happens if a nuclear detonation fractures the crust of the earth under the Gulf? So instead of an errant oil shaft, we’re faced with a 5 mile fissure, spewing vast quantities of oil into the water?

    If BP and the Feds can’t deal effectively with the current problem, what will they do in a Doomsday scenario like the one I described?

  7. fran says:

    Simpson’s fans will relate to the concept of *BLINKY THE 3 EYED FISH* (fish that lived next to the Nuclear power plant).

    Personally, I think this might be the worst idea yet.

  8. Michael Weissman says:

    Regarding the assertion that “Dr. Steven Chu who also helped develop the first hydrogen bomb in the 1950s.” Dr. Chu is a smart man, but not the prodigy he’d have to have been to make a significant contribution to the hydrogen bomb project. Having been born in 1948, he was just four years old at the time of the first successful test.

  9. Michael Weissman,

    Thanks for posting. Your comments made me dig deeper into the information being reported about Dr. Stephen Chu and the hydrogen bomb.

    I think I got to the bottom of the confusion.

    When staffing Obama’s team to deal with the Gulf oil spill, Dr. Stephen Chu brought in Richard L. Garwin, for his oil spill taskforce.

    Garwin, 82, a physicist and IBM Fellow Emeritus, is a military-technology and arms-control consultant to the U.S. government. He helped design the first hydrogen bomb in 1951, according to the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    I think this explains the confusion. Thanks.

  10. Crystal says:

    You think the gulf oil spill is bad… why doesn’t Mr. Obama tell us African Americans about this one !



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