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The latest attempt to cap the gusher in the Gulf is on hold for a bit while they try to determine the risks of capping it. That seems like a good idea. If capping it causes the whole thing to fail under pressure, it could turn into a far bigger problem.My question is, isn't it really "just" a case of getting the right sizes of pipes over the point where the oil is being ejected?If you try to make the flow go up a small bore pipe, there will be a lot of back-pressure. If you allow the flow to enter a much larger bore pipe that runs all the way to the surface, would there be much back-pressure at all?I realize something like this might present some overwhelming engineering challenges, but is the fundamental science valid or not?