Nuke That Slicker

The ongoing ecological disaster that is the BP oil spill in the gulf continues . Here's an idea out of left-field...in fact, so far left, it's Commie:

Komsomoloskaya Pravda, the best-selling Russian daily, reports that in Soviet times such leaks were plugged with controlled nuclear blasts underground. The idea is simple, KP writes: “the underground explosion moves the rock, presses on it, and, in essence, squeezes the well’s channel.”

Yes! It’s so simple, in fact, that the Soviet Union, a major oil exporter, used this method five times to deal with petrocalamities. The first happened in Uzbekistan, on September 30, 1966 with a blast 1.5 times the strength of the Hiroshima bomb and at a depth of 1.5 kilometers. KP also notes that subterranean nuclear blasts were used as much as 169 times in the Soviet Union to accomplish fairly mundane tasks like creating underground storage spaces for gas or building canals.

While the knee-jerk reaction would be to say this is madness, I've heard from a number of quarters that the ecological impact would be less than allowing the leak to continue. Still not sure about the precedent it would set though (although if a civilisation-killing asteroid was incoming I'm sure we'd all be more than happy to send a nuke up).

Interesting to note too how many nuclear blasts there have been on Planet Earth of which we remain largely oblivious.

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red pill junkie's picture
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Because THAT is what we need to make up with mother Gaia, to keep nuking the sh*t out of her!

This is an excellent example of the metaphor that says "when you own a hammer..."

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It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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I'm not sure the ecological impact would be intolerably.

But before that consideration - would this work? Would it stop the leak, or create a bigger gas leak? Apparently part of the problem is that the oil is being pushed out by natural gas, which wrecked the piping equipment.

Would a big explosion seal the leak or open up a bigger one?

And then there is all this methane hydrate down there, would a big explosion bring that to the surface, setting free a lot of methane?

Maybe its obvious to someone in the field of deep sea drilling and deep sea explosions. Not many experts there.

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And then there is all this methane hydrate down there, would a big explosion bring that to the surface, setting free a lot of methane?

With all that methane, I think placing a bomb there would be almost like placing a lighted match in front of Mother Gaia's bum right before she farts —a disturbing image to say the least.

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we used to "blue flame" in the local picture theater. HAH, gaia would have the prize anyday for the biggest and best!......BOOM......

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Are you suggesting that the Gulf of Mexico is Gaia's a**hole? If so, what is Mexico? Or Louisiana for that matter?

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Well, I've always marveled at the somewhat elongated shape of my country, so... :-3

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