Boston Globe: Oil Reaches LA Shores

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  1. GiggidyGee

    GiggidyGee Nice bum, where ya from?

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    Heh, I knowww that. I was just wondering who chose to run the line through the ocean...? Shouldn't there have been some kind of relief valve beside the valve that burst incase something like that ever happened? Or is it a case of "an extra valve=extra $ spent so let's just have the one valve cuz the chances of it bursting are slim to none"....?
    I just don't get it. There are other ways of getting oil from on eplace to another....oil carrying ships that spill into the ocean every now and then is nothing compared to what's happening now. I dunno I guess I'm just really upset about the wildlife and trees and just everything affected by it.
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  3. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    5 MILES!!! And my factory is building motors for two to be installed 7 miles down. :shock:
  4. freeridemusik

    freeridemusik Yep.

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    I have been following this in my environmental disturbances class in college since day one and its pretty damn interesting to watch unfold. It will be interesting to see how the gulf coast will recover... which it eventually will.

    From what my professor says each type of oil leaked (Exxon Valdez, Gulf, and the Middle East spill), all have a different chemical signature and he says the type of oil leaking right now out of the ocean floor isn't quite as dangerous to marine life as the Exxon Valdez spill and may not have as drastic effects. But I guess we will see.

    All I know is that that part of the coast is home for breeding of Blue Fin Tuna and some kind of sea turtles which are both endangered and currently in their breeding process so it should be interesting to see what happens there.

    Oh yeah and Hurricane season is officially underway and a lot of scientists are waiting to see the combined environmental disturbance of both oil leak and hurricanes (which already put some stress on corals and ecosystems).

    Anyways, good luck gulf coast people!
  5. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Just another in a huge list of reasons to not use petroeum. wait! wut?!!!
  6. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    Oh, we're going to use petroleum. We're hooked beyond help. We're using petroleum right now, tapping these messages on the plastic keys of our plastic keyboard, sitting in our chairs made of synthetic fiber and foam, which is resting on a floor of linoleum or carpet... :)
  7. freeridemusik

    freeridemusik Yep.

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    Yeah, we ain't stopping our oil usage anytime soon. We rely so heavy on it for agriculture, plastic products and transportation, there's no current way to get off our reliance of it.

    I'm just curious what's going to happen once it runs out (or gets extremly low)... seriously we will all be fucked.

    I've heard many middle eastern countries are already running at their highest capacity on thier main wells are doing techniques that typically our done when wells are being tapped. Also they have been so secretive and Bs'ing their actual # in reserves so who knows.

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    Anyways, this really sucks about the gulf coast and hope that we get better techniques at preventing/stopping future leaks.
  8. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    How about if we just stop wasting the stuff? We throw away more plastics than all other countries use combined. There is absolutely no reason to use waste as much as we do. Then maybe, just maybe
    there'd be enough supply to not have to drill and tap the ocean depths.
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    Wait, the well head is only a mile down. You're talking about the well in general?
  10. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Damn! Imagine the pressures at those depths.
  11. jake

    jake Vagabond

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    The well was planned to be 5500 meters below sea level. A typical reservoir would have a pressure of around 54 Mpa at this depth. (7800 psi) I assume since they encountered such a major blow out that this reservoir was over pressured.
  12. mistawiskas

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    That's more than twice the PSI of a scuba tank...........shit!
  13. ninefivezero

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  14. mistawiskas

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    Another failure to stop the flow.
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    I dunno, I must have gotten it wrong. I'll have to ask my buddy in engineering on Monday.
  16. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    The other miles are how far down the hole went.
  17. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Still, I've been down to 150' and that's a shitload of water presure. A mile down and there's no doing anything other than remotely. I want to know, how there weren't realistic contingency plans for this shit.
  18. Ranger

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    wiskas you were a diver? good action! do anything fun? we are trying to do a trip to blue hole dahab for the arch sometime in june....

    and oh ya, rarrr rarrr plug the leak!
  19. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    Yoiks! 150!?!?! "Tiny bubbles! In my blood! Stretch out all my joints and! Make me feel like crud!" Avoiding the bends, coming back from that depth, is a non-trivial matter! I'm not even mentioning the problem with nitrogen narcosis...

    Those sorts of dives aren't done recreationally. Were you in the military or private industry? Were you breathing Heliox or Trimix?
  20. mistawiskas

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    I didn't get bent, I just got narced out at 150. Felt likea cross between being drunk and laughing gas.
    I used to go out and poke a lot of fish with shap stix untill people started getting attacked by GW sharks in the area.
    I gave it up pretty much but still hold my PADI card.