What if this is the end of deepwater drilling?

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  • Sun, May 30, 2010 - 06:14am

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    Re: What if this is the end of deepwater drilling?

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This is amazing… Bloomberg is reporting operation top kill a success! It’s all better now! And this is CONFIRMED by both LA times and the Coast Guard!

Meanwhile, the live video they are showing depicts oil continuing to spew out! The reporters are saying “And don’t worry, that substance you see coming out now isn’t oil – it’s drilling mud, which is 100 times heavier than water…”

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There is NO substance on Earth that is 100 times heavier (denser) than water.  Water is abouit 62 lbs/ cubic foot.  100 times that would be over 6000 lbs / cubic foot.  A solid block of lead is ONLY about 900 lbs / cubic foot.  Depleted uranium maybe a bit more…

The only way BP could create drilling mud 100 times denser than water would be to mix in minute quantities of black holes in their mud…

Typical reporting of anything remotely technical in the media…

You are right though – black hole drilling mud would not flow UP! LOL

  • Sun, May 30, 2010 - 07:15am

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    Re: What if this is the end of deepwater drilling?

There is NO substance on Earth that is 100 times heavier (denser) than water

They probably meant 100% (i.e. 2X) heavier. It’s surprising how many non-technical people fail to appreciate the difference (although there do seem to be a fair number of snake-oil salesmen in the financial arena who are happy to abuse this ignorance). 2 times heavier would be about right given most rock is 3-4X heavier and mud is a rock/water mixture.

I’ve not read this thread thoroughly but get the sense there is surprise that the mud is rising. If so then consider the ash that is rising out of the Icelandic volcano is over 1000 times (not %) denser than the air!

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