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  •  My question was simple: (4+ / 0-)
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    greenbird, AllisonInSeattle, jayden, kurt

    How much real time elasped between the moment the ExxonMobil pipeline actually ruptured and a) the time the rupture was discovered, and b) the time the pipeline was completely shutdown?

    If the size of the spill and the pipeline flow capacity values are roughly correct, then the time between rupture and shutdown had to be at least 21 hours (and probably more, since it seems unlikely that 100% of the dilbit was escaping through the rupture.) And the times that I've seen (or estimated) from media reports seems to be much less than this. And this response time seems to me to be something that would be very good to know relatively precisely in understanding this incident, as well as planning for other possible ones in the future. Also I don't know how forthcoming (or truthful) ExxonMobil would be on this particular question if asked directly.

    But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, ... there are few die well that die in a battle; ... Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; — Shakespeare, ‘Henry V’

    by dewtx on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 03:59:29 PM PDT

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