Use a 21,000-pound megamunition to generate a king-sized shock wave that would force those leaking pipes on the seabed shut.
Deploying the GBU-43 MOAB — known as the “Massive Ordnance Air Burst” or “Mother of All Bombs” — would be “proven, safe and ‘green,'” Gayl tells our pal David Axe, of War Is Boring. The bomb consumes all its own fuel, after all. And it’s not a nuclear weapon, like the one the Russians allegedly used to shut down out-of-control wells.
Could work. But what if it caves in or creates ruptures in the sea floor? Oopsie. What then? A bigger bomb?