Gulf Oil Spill Prompts Debate: If We Can’t Fix it, Should We Nuke it?

hardtack_umbrella_nukeAfter several attempts to fix or clog up the Gulf oil spill all ending in failure, BP might have to use a last resort method that was first done in the former Soviet Union. This last resort involves detonating a nuclear bomb about a mile underground near the oil pipeline so that the pipeline collapses in on itself and seals off the oil.

As crazy as it sounds, it has worked in the past for the Soviet Union on five different occasions, and with the oil in the Gulf of Mexico now covering an area bigger than the size of Washington state, around 75,000 square miles, roughly 30% of the Gulf of Mexico, we need a solution fast.

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When it was done in the old Soviet Union, a nuclear bomb that was about 1.5 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb, was buried about a mile underground near the gas pipeline. When it was set off, the blast compacted everything around it, and in turn forced the pipeline to collapse in on itself.

The Gulf oil well is also about a mile underground, but since it is underwater, as none of the Soviet wells were, there might be unknown consequences resulting from setting off a blast like this near the United States. And that’s not counting on the aftermath from the radiation of the blast. Some speculate that this will either be the answer to the leaking pipe, or perhaps it will cause some serious damage including possible tidal waves.

(Via NGOilGas)

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  • Larry

    Some points: the size of warhead required to close this well could not possibly cause a tidal wave. Under a mile of water there would barely be a ripple at the surface. The detonation does not need, in fact most certainly should not, take place 1 mile beneath the sea floor. On the sea floor or a few hundred feet beneath it at most. We are talking a relatively very small warhead, a fraction of a percent of the so-call Hiroshima bomb. Residual measurable radiation would only be in the immediate area on the sea floor of the blast. Sea water is a radiation barrier so immediate rays from the blast would practically unmeasureable.

    Bottom line, all of the exaggerated disasters that might occur from a small detonation are, well, just that – exaggerations.

    • UGAWD12

      Here is just a thought…… if there were to be any little spark miles of the gulf would exploded into smittherines due to the exstensive amount of methane gas comming out of the oil well along with the oil….NOT TO MENTION an explosion of that magnitude for sure will cause tsunamis in every direction ….BEFORE YOU POST SHIT LIKE THIS….PLEASE THINK ABOUT IT BECAUSE STUPID ARTICLES SUCH AS THIS ONE CAN GET PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF ON THE GULF COAST KILLED….YOU DONT THINK ADVISORS AND POLITICS READ THESE TYPE OF MATERIAL ONLINE FOR SOME SORT OF INSIGHT???? WELL THEY DO….. SOOOO PLEASE DO ALLLLLL OF YOUR HOMEWORK …..THANKS BYE.

  • Larry

    Some points: the size of warhead required to close this well could not possibly cause a tidal wave. Under a mile of water there would barely be a ripple at the surface. The detonation does not need, in fact most certainly should not, take place 1 mile beneath the sea floor. On the sea floor or a few hundred feet beneath it at most. We are talking a relatively very small warhead, a fraction of a percent of the so-call Hiroshima bomb. Residual measurable radiation would only be in the immediate area on the sea floor of the blast. Sea water is a radiation barrier so immediate rays from the blast would practically unmeasureable.Bottom line, all of the exaggerated disasters that might occur from a small detonation are, well, just that – exaggerations.

    • UGAWD12

      Here is just a thought…… if there were to be any little spark miles of the gulf would exploded into smittherines due to the exstensive amount of methane gas comming out of the oil well along with the oil….NOT TO MENTION an explosion of that magnitude for sure will cause tsunamis in every direction ….BEFORE YOU POST SHIT LIKE THIS….PLEASE THINK ABOUT IT BECAUSE STUPID ARTICLES SUCH AS THIS ONE CAN GET PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF ON THE GULF COAST KILLED….YOU DONT THINK ADVISORS AND POLITICS READ THESE TYPE OF MATERIAL ONLINE FOR SOME SORT OF INSIGHT???? WELL THEY DO….. SOOOO PLEASE DO ALLLLLL OF YOUR HOMEWORK …..THANKS BYE.

  • Hypocrit_spotter

    Why don’t we just nuke America? No more America, no more dependance on oil, no more hypocritcal outbursts about the environment when it is the USA that is more responsible for environmental destruction than any other country on earth.

  • Hypocrit_spotter

    Why don't we just nuke America? No more America, no more dependance on oil, no more hypocritcal outbursts about the environment when it is the USA that is more responsible for environmental destruction than any other country on earth.