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Old 06-03-2010, 07:23 PM   #1
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http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/201...n_the_oil.html

That's on the SHORE. This is horrible. And it's all because they accidentally cut a pipe. Any ideas on how they could have prevented it or solve it, or just any comments?
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:21 PM   #2
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Have they ever heard of what commen people call a tap? Yuck. They should be fined $987,465,243,987,562,487,528,726,438,725,687. Yuck. Yuck again cos i really is discusting.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:32 PM   #3
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Yeah, I'm glad the Fed sent BP a ?67 mil? bill for the thing (although it's not final - good thing considering how many livelihoods have been messed up because of this.) My understanding, though, is that the company really at fault here is the one that (lessee if I can recall correctly) had provided a faulty ?saw or tool that was suppose to cut or seal off the pipe? (something like that) Of course they're trying to weasel out of it. I don't remember the name (Trans-something), but I hope they have to pay for part of it. Google should be my friend.
(As always, I'm not anti-big business, but I am pro-corporate responsibility. )

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And it's all because they accidentally cut a pipe.
I thought it was because the rig caught fire, exploded, and they didn't have a way to seal off the pipe. (Or maybe that's what you're saying.

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Any ideas on how they could have prevented it or solve it, or just any comments?
I was hoping the world's top scientists would have devised a way to suck the oil out of the water, separate it from the water/sea life sucked up with it, and salvage what was left (while still having to pay for the disaster, obviously). Naturally I'm no scientist, but it seems feasible. :P
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:48 PM   #4
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I was hoping the world's top scientists would have devised a way to suck the oil out of the water, separate it from the water/sea life sucked up with it, and salvage what was left (while still having to pay for the disaster, obviously). Naturally I'm no scientist, but it seems feasible. :P
I think some celebrity devised a really cool handy systerm that seperated the water from the oil, just i cant remember his/her name. It was on the news...
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:50 AM   #5
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I don't see why people don't just ignite it. I suppose the whole spill would be destroyed at once.
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:47 AM   #6
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I don't see why people don't just ignite it. I suppose the whole spill would be destroyed at once.
Because it's crude oil, it doesn't burn well when it's soaked in water.
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And it's all because they accidentally cut a pipe.
Wrong, they broke a rubber stopper, which stopped back flow of highly flammable gas. Without it, the gas got into the engines where it ignited and exploded, rupturing the pipe and destroying the platform above.
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:51 AM   #7
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This one super intelligent teenager thought up a plan to seal it. Tires. Stick tires in the hole and then inflate them, filling in all gaps and plugging the hole. The air pressure in the tires will keep the tires in place.
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Old 06-04-2010, 04:13 AM   #8
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Tires float. How are you meant to keep them down there while inflating them. nd don't tires have large holes in the middle so they go round wheels?
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And the hole is under about 5 miles of water, so that's going to need some serious air pressure....
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:45 AM   #10
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well you keep the tire in place with duct tape! seriously though, the best prevention would have been not to drill oil from the ocean floor in the first place, you're just asking for it when all you've got between the floor and the station is a pipe.

And they were just saying on the news today that according to some scientists; if this keeps up it could/will climb up the East coast to North Carolina-ish and then would be carried away to Europe. Lets hope it doesn't get to that.
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:47 AM   #11
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not to drill oil from the ocean floor
So where else do we get oil from, without relying on the Middle East? There is no where else to get the substance that basically fuels the world.
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So where else do we get oil from, without relying on the Middle East? There is no where else to get the substance that basically fuels the world.
Or, if the governments were not sold out, oil could become illegal, and cars, etc. could be forced to use solar energy.
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Where do you get plastics? Crude oil doesn't just consist of the stuff you find in cars. (And isn't used for energy; You need a lubricate of some sort to keep your engine running smoothly, solar or not.)
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Where do you get plastics? Crude oil doesn't just consist of the stuff you find in cars. (And isn't used for energy; You need a lubricate of some sort to keep your engine running smoothly, solar or not.)
then invent a whole new technology of engine without lubrication needs.
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...I'm not sure such a thing can possibly exist, considering cars need a very large amount of moving parts to work. And what would you do with the hundreds of millions of existing cars, and who's paying for it?
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then invent a whole new technology of engine without lubrication needs.
And what about plastics? We need oil for that.
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And what about plastics? We need oil for that.
replace them with metal or wood or something
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Old 06-04-2010, 01:50 PM   #18
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...I'm not sure such a thing can possibly exist, considering cars need a very large amount of moving parts to work. And what would you do with the hundreds of millions of existing cars, and who's paying for it?
Well, if the engine is inside a vacuum it'll require less lubrication
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replace them with metal or wood or something
Metal is far too heavy, wood is far too soluble.
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Alright, I give up. Just put the responsible people in jail, for the rest of their life.
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