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RATIGAN: BP Gusher Could Leak For 24 Years (WATCH)

Video:  Author Matthew Simmons with Spitzer & Dylan Ratigan -- May 26, 2010

Watch the entire clip if your time allows.  Otherwise start at 6:30 or so, when Simmons begins.  He estimates that if BP's top kill fails, and no other alternative is found, that the ruptured well could leak for 9,000 days (24 years).

At the start of my career I was an oil & gas analyst for Alex Brown (now part of Deutsche Bank).  I still follow the industry and have been emailing a few old drillers about solutions.  I've been advocating, and shown in a second clip (inside), the solution is to drop a bomb down into the pipe that is big enough to collapse the sea floor and smother the leak.  The Russians have done it at least 6 and possibly as many as 9 times, and they did it with nuclear weapons.  Simmons advocates for the same.

It might sound radical, but so does 9,000 days of gushing oil.  After top kill, the next option is firing golf balls and debris into the leak.  After golf balls and tire shreads fail, there is no other option besides collasping the sea bed.  And that will require that a nuclear bomb be detonated beneath the ocean floor. 

And Obama must be aware of it as an option, as he sent an advance team of nuclear scientists to the Gulf a few days ago.

Simmons also mentions a Purdue analysis showing possibly as much as 120,000 barrells leaking daily, just a tad higher than BP's marketing lie of 5,000.

Great interview.


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Reader Comments (9)

For more than 100 years, explosives have been used to break the necks of runaway oil wells, snapping the long, narrow columns and sealing them shut with tons and tons of rock. Over the last several days, our 24-hour news cycle has pumped us full of excruciating details about the failed efforts to siphon, cap off, and ultimately recover the oil that is gushing into the Gulf. The latest nonsense and false hope, a mile-long pipe designed to divert some of the oil flow, is like putting a 4-inch straw into a 22-inch-diameter fire hose. It's a sordid attempt by BP at drinking its own milkshake. But the problem with this disaster response is that the ideas BP has brought to the table all seem to ignore the simplest solution: permanently destroying the well.

May 27, 2010 at 2:33 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
What a bunch of morons!!!!! If you take a very conservative estimate of 5 gallons per second, that equates to 3 million gallons a day! 90 million gallons a month! Who are these people! The amount of oil spilled is probably 100s of millions of gallons at this point!
May 27, 2010 at 3:03 AM | Unregistered CommenterDave
Dave...3 million gallons per day = 71,000 barrels per day, give or take...it might be more...
May 27, 2010 at 4:06 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
The Sestak bribe offer: Obama’s Watergate?


Republicans aren’t the only ones raising questions. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democratic leader, said both Sestak and the White House need to come clean on the bribe.
May 27, 2010 at 10:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterZarathustra

Here is your story DB...I didn't read this one because it is Huffington Toast but I thought it would have the right (I mean the left) slant for this crowd.
May 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM | Unregistered CommenterZarathustra
President Obama has an opportunity today to live up to the standard of transparency and change he so willfully set when he was candidate Obama. For more than three months, allegations have gone unaddressed by this White House that someone inside the Obama administration offered Rep. Joe Sestak a job in an attempt to maneuver him out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary. This allegation wasn’t made by Republicans or candidates with political motives, but rather by Admiral Sestak himself.

May 27, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterZarathustra

Pa. Gov. Rendell: White House and Sestak Should Be as Transparent as Possible on 'Job Offer' Scandal


RENDELL: Well, I agree with part of what Senator Graham said. I think, look, this is something where the White House should be as transparent as they can be, and so should Joe Sestak. I think that's part of our obligation as public officials.
May 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM | Unregistered CommenterZarathustra
Scientists: Gulf well leaking at least twice as much and possibly 5 times as much as estimate

May 27, 2010 at 11:55 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

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