I can’t call the geyser of oil in the Gulf a spill. They think it was triggered by a bubble of methane gas that burped up the drill pipe.
“A small bubble becomes a really big bubble,” Bea said. “So the expanding bubble becomes like a cannon shooting the gas into your face.”
‘Swoosh, boom, run’
Up on the rig, the first thing workers noticed was the seawater in the drill column suddenly shooting back out at them, rocketing 240 feet in the air. Then, the gas surfaced. Then the oil.
“What we had learned when I worked as a drill rig laborer was swoosh, boom, run,” Bea said. “The swoosh is the gas, boom is the explosion and run is what you better be doing.”
The gas flooded into an adjoining room with exposed ignition sources, he said.
Swoosh, boom, run happens onshore too. That’s reason #784 why drill sites in neighborhoods are not a smart idea.