Discovery News: BP OIL SPILL ALSO A DEEP-SEA GAS LEAK
Huge amounts of gases like methane and pentane spewed forth from the BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout along with the approximately 206 million gallons of crude oil.
Publishing yesterday in the journal Nature Geoscience, University of Georgia oceanographers estimated that 500,000 tons of gaseous hydrocarbons escaped during the spill. They calculated that the gas leak was the equivalent to a minimum of 1.6-1.9 million barrels of oil, but could be as high as or 2.2-3.1 million barrels of oil.
The wide range of estimates reflects the many uncertainties involved, but even the lowest figure adds significantly to the estimated amount of hydrocarbons released by the well.
“These calculations increase the accepted government estimates by about one third,” said co-author Ian MacDonald of Florida State University in a University of Georgia press release.
“Deepwater Horizon underscored how ill-prepared the nation is to respond to future accidents. As a nation, we need to hear this deep-sea Sputnik wake-up call,” said co-author Ira Leifer of the University of California-Santa Barbara.See more here:
http://www.projectgulfimpact.org/2011/02/23/discovery-news-bp-oil-spill-also-a-deep-sea-gas-leak/ Dr. David Valentine, PhD., Methane expert, explains what he learned while on a research ship in the Gulf this past month. The water can be coaxed to flame and methane levels 10,000 to 100,000 times the natural concentrations!5%-35% Reduction of dissolved oxygen.100-200 foot, six to seven mile-long clouds of methane in the ocean. Natural gas content - methane, propane - elevated 10,000-100,000 fold over background levels.Floating, dead pyrosomes.A MUST WATCH!Project Gulf ImpactAsk Questions. Seek the Truth. Project Gulf Impact team members:Heather Rally, Matt Smith, Gavin Garrisonhttp://www.projectgulfimpact.com