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Why are the gauges of the containment cap dirty but not oily?

 
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07/02/2010 11:44 PM
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Why are the gauges of the containment cap dirty but not oily?
It occurred to me while watching BP using a brush to brush sand or dust off the incline gauges. Why wouldn't the gauges be oily? What was weird is the brush completely cleaned the dust off with no oily smearing so we could see the gauges clearly.

It seems to me the well is gushing the surrounding earth from around the broken drill casing below the seafloor pushed by high pressure methane gas with a relatively little bit of oil. Otherwise, wouldn't the gauges and other stuff be oily or at least smear when brushed?

If the strata below the well is being eroded around the broken casing, not only would the sand be abrasive damaging whatever still remains, but it seems to me the relief wells won't work as well - if at all - because of the cavity caused by the erosion. I suppose if enough earth below the BOP the BOP could collapse in some kind of hole or shifted seafloor caused by the eroded cavity.

Anybody see this differently or have other ideas?

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Last Edited by Jethro Jones on 07/03/2010 12:10 AM
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07/03/2010 01:20 AM
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Re: Why are the gauges of the containment cap dirty but not oily?
A: Van Allen Radiation Belt





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