Over at The Oil Drum, one reader's vision of the worst case scenario has stirred up quite a commotion. The commenter, who doesn't clearly identify himself but builds a substantially more convincing case than you'd expect from a random blowhard, speculates that the oil well gushing on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico may, despite our best engineering efforts, only get worse, eventually reaching a point of no-return. The article needs a lot of editing and requires at least a little bit of knowledge about the Gulf situation as a starting point, but the gist is this:
Right or wrong, sage or quack, the commenter proposes some interesting ideas, and some terrifying ones. It's a good read, and it could turn out to be a prophetic one. Check it out, and then we'd love to see your comments on it. Special thanks to ABG reader Chuck D. for sending this in.
All the actions and few tid bits of information all lead to one inescapable conclusion. The well pipes below the sea floor are broken and leaking. ... What does this mean? It means they will never cap the gusher after the wellhead. They cannot...the more they try and restrict the oil gushing out the [blow out preventer]?...the more it will transfer to the leaks below.
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