Oil Rig Blowouts & Methane Releases

Here’s one of the dirty secrets of the oil industry: drilling can release stupendously huge clouds of methane into the atmosphere.  39 well blowouts occurred in the Gulf of Mexico between 1992 and 2006.

Watch this startling video of what happens when this is released around a drilling rig:

That should wake you up.

If not that, then this should, written on May 24th, 2010:

Failure of a “top kill” if it doesn’t make matters worse  would leave well control experts with only one final known option for stopping the leak in the Gulf: drilling a relief well. The idea is to reach the oil reservoir with a well drilled on a tangent to the original, and seal it closed.  But an industry publication published in 2009 indicates that drilling a relief well to 18,000 feet below the sea bed is beyond the edge of the technical capability of well control experts.

The two relief wells now being drilled may not succeed.  We won’t know for a couple of months yet. But already new estimates are saying that it may be Christmas before they can stem the flow!

There is a very good chance (good to excellent) that erosion outside of the well casing is now the primary source of the leak.  If this is true, then attempt at plugging the well may not work as expected.

Meanwhile, carbon trading turned to the business-as-usual predicted: a systematic scheme for abuse and fraud.

To anybody that is listening (or to anybody that cares), it is dead obvious that humans are not going to take the right path or follow a proper course when it comes to ensuring that we and every other species on this planet has a habitable place to live.  The pathetic efforts to stem environmental damage and destruction are instantly wiped out by a single corporation (out of tens of thousands) that flaunts the rules.

I just watched “The Day The Earth Stood Still” (modern version).  In one scene, Klatu is being interrogated by the Secretary of State, who claims that “This is our planet”, to which Klatu responds, “No, it is not”.

A single species does not have the right to extinguish all other life on this planet.  But that is exactly what we are doing.


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