Jeez, for 75 days now we have listened to 'arm chair' scientists that are critiquing BP's every move. If all these people know better than the people actually doing something, why aren't they down there in the Gulf helping out? I'm pretty sure the most knowledgeable(experienced) people are trying their best at this point to cap this thing and clean up the mess. It took 10 months in 1979 to cap a well in 260' of water
. This well is in 5000' of water
, exponentially more difficult. I'm not in the oil
industry, just a guy watching the 'madness' of all these people who 'think' they know more than the professionals. Just a sidenote, they say the flow is 60,000 barrels a day. It's a 10" pipe. Do the calculations. It would have to flow at 39 gal/sec.(per second!) for 60,000 barrels/day. The capacity of the pipe(10") is .41 gal/foot. It's about 75% gas flowing out. The pipe would have to be emptying at a rate of over 350'/second(or 238 MPH). I've looked at the video of the wellhead. It doesn't look anywhere near that much flow to me. The estimates look out of whack to me.