By Chris Landau
Do not burn the oil on the sea. Do not drill other wells into the existing BP well in the Gulf of Mexico.
These actions will burn people, boats and property. Wind gusts will blow the flames out of control. The heat from the flames will create their own winds. This is just making a bad situation worse. Is there nobody handling this situation that is thinking of the consequences of their actions?
Do not drill more directional wells into this well. It will blow out the formation, loosen the casing and create a permanent ocean floor leak.
But of course, nobody will listen. Everybody wants action without thought.
As everybody is going to be sued in this case, they are protecting themselves when the questions get asked in a year at the hearings. "Why did you not do this or do that?" I wonder if they will ask the question "Was that a rational strategy?"The idea is not to look busy, but be effective and to have a well thought out plan. Does anybody have a logical step by step plan?
Seal the spurting casing first. Clamp larger bi-sectional pipes over the existing casing. Anchor these firmly to the existing casing. Build the new casing in sections until the casing end is reached. Bring the casing to the surface. Extend it. Anchor the casing firmly. Pipe the gushing oil into oil tankers and let it flow until the pressure in the rock formations abates in a few months.
Do not allow oil drilling in the 3000 mile fault zone off Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.
Shut down all wells immediately to avert another environmental disaster. Earthquakes, tsunamis and oil wells do not go well together. Somebody needs to start thinking about the illogical dangerous oil pumping in force off coastal Southern California. If not for the environment, stop the oil pumping and future drilling to save peoples lives. Triggering an earthquake and tsunami will kill thousands.
Chris Landau (geologist)
April 28 2010
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Do not burn the oil. Do not drill directional wells. Stop pumping oil out of the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles fault zone.