Monday, May 31, 2010

Might Want To Rethink That Nuke Option

Detonating nuclear bomb at BP oil spill site could end all life on planet

"Lately, I’ve heard many talking heads in the news media suggesting that the only way to stop the BP oil leak might be to detonate a nuclear bomb under the leak site.
Before they consider that option, they might want to watch this video of Dr. Gregory Ryskin, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University. In the video, Dr. Ryskin explains how a prehistoric methane gas explosion could explain the Permian-Triassic Extinction Event, a mysterious period in Earth history where 95% of all species went extinct.
Given that the
amount of methane gas that is leaking from the BP spill site is at least equal to the amount of oil, it would lead one to believe that there is a huge underground pocket of methane gas buried there. Now, if Dr. Ryskin’s theory is correct, not only would detonating a nuclear bomb near that underground methane pocket end the oil spill, it might end all life on Earth as well."

This crossed my mind earlier in the month as I was reminded about the huge methane deposits under the Caribbean when BP tried that dome foolishness.
I remember reading at some point that sailors in the gulf would encounter vast areas where methane clumps had risen up from the sea floor and you could pick them off the surface.

via Cryptogon via Technofascism


Anonymous nick z said...

Not so sure that anything that causes a huge crater (or hole) could solve the problem. But I'm no expert on nuclear explosions.

They should create a huge upside down funnel with a vacuum-line attached and capture and suck it all into tankers.

1/6/10 5:06 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Yeah, the nuke proponents seem to think it will "seal the well", but it might also shake and release the massive methane deposits or maybe even rip a more giant tear in the earth's crust as you mention.

1/6/10 6:42 AM  

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