Oil continues to pour out of the remains of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig and into the Gulf of Mexico. BP has sawed off the riser pipe, allowing it to successfully deploy a containment dome. However, the containment dome is only capturing approximately half the oil spilling out of the pipe — and sawing off the riser pipe increased oil flow by an estimated 20 percent.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is now claiming that six to eight times the oil of the Exxon Valdez spill has been leaked. That’s twice initial estimates by scientists with BP and the U.S. Geological Survey, and makes it by far the worst spill in U.S. history. With as many as 50,000 barrels gushing out per day, and washing ashore on the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, officials are examining any possible options that would bring relief faster than drilling a permanent relief valve — which could take a month or more.
Franz Gayl, a U.S. Marine Corps technologist, has long been cooking up creative solutions for our nation’s troops. He pushed out spy drones and bomb resistant trucks. And he’s had a hand in more outlandish research efforts — robotic exoskeletons, space-dropping troops, and laser weaponry.
Now he thinks he has a solution to the BP oil spill — blow the hell out it.
Gayl suggests using the GBU-43 MOAB — known as the “Massive Ordinance Air Burst” or “Mother of All Bombs” — which has been “proven, safe and ‘green”, according to Gayl. If a MOAB is unavailable, Gayl says a Vietnam-era Daisy Cutter would also do quite handsomely.
The USMC genius suggests:
Either one … can be enclosed in a simple pressure shell, that is augmented with several tons of liquid oxygen canisters, and lowered to just a few meters above the leaking well head. An oxygen-enhanced MOAB or Daisy Cutter detonated at a water depth of 5,000 feet will indeed have an interesting effect on all the well-related plumbing and equipment that is above, at, and slightly below the sea floor…. The exploding MOAB or Daisy Cutter would have an incredible implosive-sealing effect on oil plumbing within the immediate vicinity of the detonation.
Gayl has mocked up the possible operation in a series of colorful drawn images, which depict the bomb traveling to its oily target, and then pounding it shut, like the mother of all sledgehammers. The slides can be found here [PPT] for your viewing enjoyment.
The MOAB has only been tested twice. Designed in 2002, only 15 other units were produced — and none has ever seen use in a conflict. The U.S. military command considered using a single one for “shock and awe” during the 2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom, but decided against it.
Is it time for the U.S. to wage war against the insolent oil rig, and finally put the biggest munition in its history to use? It sounds crazy, but who are we to doubt one of the brightest minds in our nation’s armed forces? After all, it worked for Bruce Willis in Armageddon right? (With some minor loss of life, that is…) One thing’s for sure, though, if this wild plan goes ahead, Greenpeace is going to be pretty peeved at all the dead sea creatures that result from this “green” bombing.
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