"In the first technical success toward taming a gushing oil leak on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, engineers Sunday began pumping oil to a waiting ship through a mile-long collection tube inserted into the breached oil pipeline."
BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells said:
"Ultimately, it's a winning game that we out-pump the well"
To be fair, it's also referred to as siphoning in a lot of other news sources. But even siphoning requires pumping to start the process. Basically, a siphon works on the principle of a liquid seeking it's own level, but I don't know how that might apply when you consider the distance btwn the two levels is a mile, and the liquid is thick and viscous. I guess we're gonna find out.
BP has the worst safety record in the industry. They've already been criminally charged in the Texas City incident a few years ago, and may face criminal charges for this one. At least they're consistent.
Well that looks like bad journalism rather than bad science... they don't need to pump because oil is lighter than water and is already under tremendous pressure to get to the surface - about 2,000 lbs psi at that depth. The narrower the siphon the greater the pressure which is why I recommended a pipe of about 6" diameter.
I could never get used to beans and greasy sausages for breakfast !!
I guess the term "gassing up" has a different meaning in the UK !!
Amen to that Sarge - their food is rather bland. I'm with you- Mexican, Thai, spicy Indian, hot Chinese, etc. are my favorites. The spicier and hotter the better (well . . . to a point - jalapenos yes, habeneros - No!)
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