Saturday, June 19, 2010
View of BP Oil Well Location From Above
This is a Google Earth picture I clipped showing the location of the BP oil well that is leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Google has the location indicated by the red flame icon .
If this location is accurate, you can see how they chose a deepwater location that was just past the edge of the shelf, at the bottom of a canyon wall, at a reported 5000 ft depth. One wonders if they could have drilled in shallower water near where I have drawn the red 'x', and angled the shaft out towards the current location if necessary...but I guess that drilling through water is a lot easier than the sea bed.
I'm no expert on these things, but I have to think that the wellhead pressure would have to be alot less at a point that was 5000 ft. higher like where I have drawn the 'x'. In a catastrophic type situation like they have experienced, that may result in less oil that would escape into the environment. Also at this higher elevation at maybe a wellhead depth of several hundred feet, it would seem it would be easier to work there and cap the well if necessary.
By the way, if you have youngsters in your life studying geography or earth sciences, the free version of Google Earth that you can install is a great way for them to see the earth and all of its features including as I have shown here, the underwater topography of the earths oceans and seas.