Think of diving to the bottom of a swimming pool. You feel the pressure and weight of the water above you. BP's leaking pipe is under 5000 feet of water. The ocean floor is a mystery for a reason. A human body would be instantaneously crushed at that depth, which is one reason the BP leak is so difficult--you can't send in a crew to fix it.
Now think of the oil. That oil and gas plume isn't just trickling out against that massive pressure, it's blasting like a fire hydrant.
What sort of pressure was the oil and gas under if it can overcome the force of 5000 feet of sea water?
Then I think of just how angry that oily primordial ooze was before we went and starting poking it. This was an exploratory well. We sure did find something. First comes a murderous blast of methane to blow the shit out of everything, then the endless spewing fury that is more powerful than the weight of an entire ocean.
I understand the power and danger of oil and gas, which is one reason why I'm so maniacal about conserving them. You have to respect this stuff. It's angry. It has a temper. Sure, we control it most of the time, but when we fail, watch out. Mother Earth is boss and at the end of the day, she'll get our respect even if she has to force it out of us.
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