thefourthman wrote:I only assume two things with that 1. that getting the oil is still a priority
2. nothing when a corporation or the us government is involved is done simply. the simple solution would have been to have the damn safety valves. the simple solution to hiring people to do things on boats in the gulf waters was to hire the fishermen who couldn't do anything else, but they brought in other people for two weeks. I would guess they lowered it down saw it was clogged and gave up. Seems to me if the problem is ice crystals you warm the metal up and then lower it so it melts the ice...
I'm sure they want the oil, but it really is a matter of needing a release valve. If you keep filling a balloon with water, even after it's stretched as far as it will go, eventually the fucker pops.
They can't just cap the pipe, because eventually the pressure will build up.
And yeah, safety valves would have been a nice touch. Maybe Doc Brown and Marty can take care of that shit when they take the deLorean back into the past. They've gone a bit past the "would have beens" at this point.
But that's not gonna keep physics from causing methane build-ups when you go drilling in the ground from petroleum; it'll just keep shit from exploding. Best way to avoid it is to stop relying on oil for energy. Maybe use nuclear power. I'm sure nothing bad could ever happen with that.