June 10, 2010
Very Cool Graphic
Heights amd depths. And an interesting perspectoive of the Horizon Deepwater well.
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Posted by John Kranz at June 10, 2010 6:10 PM
Here's another perspective: the two relief wells being drilled must connect with the main well, which is about one foot in diameter, 18,000 feet below the surface. Precision drilling, that.
This information comes from an excellent special about the efforts to cap the well on Discovery channel last night (if it's on Discovery, it must be true). The show actually did a great job of showing the Herculean efforts going on by BP to cap the well. It did not make light of the ecological catastrophe in the making, but it did not show BP as the bumbling, don't-give-a-damn-I-live-3000-miles-away fools that the administration has tried to paint. These are very bright, dedicated engineers trying to solve an unbelievably difficult problem. Their mitigation projects, which would normally take many months to develop, are being compressed into weeks with unimaginable logistics. There were plenty of mistakes and poor contingency planning, but these people are working very hard to get the oil stopped.