Dear Mr President Obama,
Re: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster Relief Wells
Thank you for your continuing effort in this catastrophe. I have devoted a great deal of time and energy to find solutions and inform friends and strangers of the issues at hand. I have written letters to you, Admiral Allen and Secretary Chu once already regarding the removal of the blow out preventer in order to get at the oil flow directly, thus allowing multiple ways to stop the flow 100% using known, off the shelf technologies and methods. Gathering from the general public comments and from what I read in the news, there is a division between a major goal of the public to stop the oil flow 100% and your administration’s main objective: to allow BP to continue extracting oil while concentrating your effort to make certain they will compensate for their damages. I applaud your administration effort, but I also will not accept that all is being done to honor the wishes of the people of this country.
The relief wells that supposedly will arrive like the Calvary to save us all are being drill using the same technology that Deepwater Horizon Well, DHW, was drilled with. DHW was delayed due to the same geological and technical challenges that these two relief wells will encounter. Their approval process by MMS was rushed due to this emergency. Given the performance of BP to date, I am very concerned that soon we will have three or more holes to fill in a very near future. At the Congressional hearing 6.15.2010, I learned that there are inherent risks, such as gas blow outs, to wells drilled partially, even before they hit the oil reservoir.
The DHW has a broken drill string 13,000 ft long still inside of it. If effort to stop the flow of oil 100% in this well using the bottom, relief wells, kill method, BP engineers will still have to deal with oil that will be leaking up through that drill string inside the stricken well. Unless efforts are made to cap the drill string also no amount of cement or concrete will stop the flow of oil.
I highly suggest that your administration devote energy to make certain that BP plan for relief wells has back up plans of their back up plans.
In the event that stopping the oil flow100% is not a goal of your administration and BP, then please tell the American people immediately, so we will stop trying to help with solutions.
Thank you for your time. We all want to help so please help us.
Hai V On