Monday, May 31, 2010

Video: How the Russians Used Nuclear Bombs to Shut Down Leaking Oil Wells

Komsomoloskaya Pravda, Russia's top daily newspaper, reports on the success the Russians have had nuking oil leaks. 
During the Soviet years, Russians had numerous oil disasters and on five different occasions they employed controlled, underground nuclear blasts to to stop the leaks, reports Pravda.
"[The] underground explosion moves the rock, presses on it, and, in essence, squeezes the well’s channel," Pravda reported.

The nuclear explosions worked in every case except one says Pravda:

Powerful nuclear "plugs" - sometimes 3 Hiroshima... only once failed. In 1972 in Kharkov region failed to block the emergency gas blowout. The explosion was mysteriously left on the surface, forming a mushroom cloud.  Although the charge was minimal- just a 4 kiloton. And laid deep - for more than two kilometers

Below is a video of one of the Russian nuclear explosions.

1 comment:

  1. Just keep in mind that this newspaper is of the yellowish kind, so any shocking statements should be verified before being taken seriously.

    Indeed, USSR used nuclear devices in such occurrences, and for various other civilian purposes too - 124 blasts in total. They are very clean and very expensive compared to the military nukes, but compared to the cost of torched $4B worth of gas in today's prices from a single well in 1963~1966, not to mention the cost of 3 years worth of every other firefighting method imaginable, it's almost free and greener than rainforest.