Bush Energy Adviser: Relief well will fail, 46 billion gallons could flow into Gulf

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
By Paul Martin

June 16th, 2010

Well to spew oil for 25-30 years at 120,000 bpd if not imploded

Simmons: Undersea oil ‘lake’ may be covering 40% of Gulf; Relief well will fail, Bloomberg, June 15, 2010:

Matthew Simmons, Energy Adviser to George W. Bush: It hasn’t gotten out, but we now know a whole lot of better information from the scientists who are totally, totally disputing what BP’s story has been.

The best reports all have come from the Thomas Jefferson, which is America’s largest research vessel, which got directed on June 6… [to] get to where this enormous fire was coming that was miles away from the riser.

What the Thomas Jefferson found in a week was the most specific info we know, that basically 1,100 meters below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico is a 400… 3[00] to 400 meter lake of very heavy oil that has spread so fast that it’s potentially covering 40% of the Gulf of Mexico…

Simmons: At the rate of the speed of flow they are actually now predicting 120,000 barrrels a day.

But more importantly, they are almost certain, because of the lack of being able to detect where the well bore was, because they couldn’t get within 3 miles of it, there was too much fire, there was no metal there, so… the casing is gone.

So with no casing, its an open hole. And the only way we’ll ever put it out is detonating something that will fuse the rock right above the oil column into glass. And the only way that anyone’s ever done that is the four times the Soviets did that in the 70’s with a very small bore nuclear device. So i think thats now our only option. …

Simmons: The report just came in late sunday, I’d be very suprised if the [Obama] administration doesn’t know this now and is not preparing this response. …

Simmons: The relief well wont work without casing… without casing, the mud just comes spewing back up. …

Simmons: We either are content with saying, we’ll just put 120,000 barrels in the Gulf for the next 25-30 years or we have to detonate it. …

Simmons: I think the government — we will find — is going to take all of their [BP’s] cash.

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