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Isn't there a possibility the explosion would fracture the impermeable layer keeping the oil trapped, so that all the oil leaks out in one go?

I understand the idea is that there would be a second impermeable layer between the oil reservoir and the bottom of the rea floor where the silt deposits begin, and that the nuke would be detonated around that intermediate impermeable layer. However, even if the nuke is small wouldn't there be shock waves propagating in the layers of rock downwards to the reservoir?

I know it has been claimed the Soviets did something like this at least once in the past, but still...

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 17th, 2010 at 06:21:59 AM EST
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