BP Well Plug Could Create a Devastating Underground Blowout

800px-Deepwater_Horizon_offshore_drilling_unit_on_fire_2010 BP plans to plug the well permanently next week with the "static kill" procedure–sending heavy mud down into the capped well–followed by a "permanent kill," which will hopefully seal the Macondo well permanently with mud, cement, and other substances deposited into a relief well. Some oil-indusrry experts worry, however, that the static kill procedure will not work, with disastrous consequences. The danger, according to Zero Hedge, is of an underground blowout, defined by Wikipedia as "a special situation where fluids from high pressure zones flow uncontrolled to lower pressure zones within the wellbore. Usually this is from deeper higher pressure zones to shallower lower pressure formations." 

Via Fastcompany


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