The estimated super high-pressure release of oil from under the earth's crust is between 80,000 to 100,000 barrels per day... that is equal to about an average of 6.3 Olympic sized swimming pools per DAY of crude oil geysering into the world's oceans.
The flow of oil and toxic gases is bringing up with it gas, and rocks, and sand which causes the flow to create a sandblasting effect on the remaining well head device currently in place to somewhat restrict the flow, as well as the drilled hole itself.
As this wellhead becomes worn down it enlarges the passageway allowing an ever-increasing flow of oil to geyser out.
Even if some device could be placed onto the existing wellhead, it would not be able to shut off the flow, because what remains of the existing wellhead would not be able to contain the pressure.
The wellhead piping is originally about 2 inches thick. It is now likely to be less than 1- inch thick, and thinning by each passing moment.
The oil has now reached the Gulf Stream and is entering the Oceanic current that is at least four times stronger than the current in the Gulf, which will carry deadly oil throughout the world within 18 months. Keep in mind that it takes the consumption of just one drop of oil to kill a fish.
But you have to be living to eat the oil. The oil, along with the gasses, including benzene and many other toxins, is deleting the oxygen in the water. This is killing all life in the ocean, creating massive dead zones.
Along with the oil along the shores, there are already many dead fish, etc. that will have to be gathered and disposed of. Even without the oil toxins, landbased pollution has been doing a fine job of it already, as this chart shows:
What you can expect ahead.
At some point the drilled hole in the earth will enlarge itself beneath the wellhead to weaken the area the wellhead rests upon. The intense pressure will then push the wellhead off the hole allowing a direct unrestricted flow of oil out, and the geyser will behave more like a volcano.
The hole will continue to increase in size allowing more and more oil to rise into the Gulf. After several BILLION barrels of oil have been released, the pressure within the massive cavity five miles beneath the ocean floor will begin to normalize.
This will allow the water, under the intense pressure at 1 mile deep, to be forced into the hole and the cavity where the oil was. The temperature at that depth beneath the earth and sea is near 400 degrees, possibly more.
The water will be vaporized and turned into steam, creating an enormous amount of force, lifting the Gulf floor. It is difficult to know how much water will go down to the core and therefore, its not possible to fully calculate the rise of the floor.
The tsunami wave this will create will be anywhere from 20 to 80 feet high, possibly more. Then the floor will fall into the now vacant chamber. This is how nature will seal the hole.
Depending on the height of the tsunami, the ocean debris, oil, and existing structures that will be washed away on shore and inland, will leave the area from 50 to 200 miles inland devoid of life.
Even if the debris is cleaned up, the contaminants that will be in the ground and water supply will prohibit re-population of these areas for an unknown number of years. Your grandchildren's grandchildren will be paying the price for this foolish accident, the height of human hubris and arrogance in regards to the environment.
And what can we do about it? Absolutely nothing. Why do I think that? Because humanity WILL NOT change to the reality that is destroying our planet.