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    same script, broken typewriter..., 2010-05-06 16:37:26 | Main | re-establishing dred scott..., 2010-05-09 20:45:50

    gas bubble attacks gasbags, misses, stinks up everything else:

    there's got to be a better headline in here than "bubble of methane triggered rig blast":

    ...the sequence of events described in the interviews provides the most detailed account of the April 20 blast that killed 11 workers...

    A group of BP executives were on board the Deepwater Horizon rig celebrating the project's safety record, according to the transcripts. Meanwhile, far below, the rig was being converted from an exploration well to a production well...

    Deep sea oil drillers often encounter pockets of methane crystals as they dig into the earth.

    As the bubble rose up the drill column from the high-pressure environs of the deep to the less pressurized shallows, it intensified and grew, breaking through various safety barriers, Bea said.

    "A small bubble becomes a really big bubble," Bea said. "So the expanding bubble becomes like a cannon shooting the gas into your face."

    Up on the rig, the first thing workers noticed was the sea water in the drill column suddenly shooting back at them, rocketing 240 feet in the air, he said. Then, gas surfaced. Then oil...

    The BP executives were injured but survived, according to one account. Nine rig crew on the rig floor and two engineers died.

    Gascons breaking wind, endangered by bubble?


:: posted by buermann @ 2010-05-08 11:24:43 CST | link





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