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OIL SPILL: Placed charge might seal well

Letter by Ralph B. Philbrook, Anderson Island on May 25, 2010 at 9:24 am | 14 Comments »
May 25, 2010 9:24 am

The leaking oil well would seal itself off if the walls of the shaft collapsed in on themselves, with hundreds of tons of geologic material solidly blocking the flow.This would happen if one or more placed charges were detonated in the bore-shaft or alongside it.

Such charges might be made part of the emergency shut-off fail safe system for all wells, placed at the ready in advance.

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