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Nuclear Warhead Used to Cap Natural Gas Leak

10/07/2021 2:57 AM

This is a short documentary film about that time back in 1966 when the Soviets used a nuclear bomb to stop a blown out gas wellhead from leaking...it was a rather large leak to be sure....Oh and it was a sour well, so it had to be burned creating a 400' roman candle out in the middle of nowhere....It burned for 1000 days!

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10/07/2021 6:53 AM

Reminds me of a college professor who told us of the days he was on a team to cut another canal through Central America. The plan was to bury nuclear bombs in a straight line and have them blow open a trench in a matter of seconds. He claimed that the lifted dirt and rock would settle back down on top of radioactive waste and make the canal safe. Run bulldozers to smooth it out, build a few locks and you are done.

I'm sure there are many sides to the truth but his claim was that religion protected monkeys in the country they were going through and they could never come up with a blast plan that would protect all the monkeys. As to why the project was cancelled this was probably only a small part of a much larger truth, but it did make a memorable end to the story.

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10/08/2021 10:07 AM

That was only one of a number of proposals I had heard about, including creating a harbor. In retrospect, all these had insurmountable flaws in their announced or promoted benefits. Look also at a program called "atoms for peace".

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10/07/2021 3:10 PM

Way to go, that's the way I'd do it!!!

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10/07/2021 7:02 PM

Desperate situations require desperate measures. Well done.

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10/08/2021 12:21 AM

If the warhead were slightly larger than the diameter of the leaking pipe, it might have been crammed in there without need of a nuclear explosion. Maybe just a normal explosion.

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10/08/2021 12:59 PM

I suspect the upward pressure in the pipe and the hot fire at the top of the pipe make that almost impossible. If you could just shove some C4 down the hole Red Adair would have never become rich and famous.

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