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The Gulf of Mexico threatened by methane gas

Friday, June 18, 2010 19:55
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<b><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-size: small;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’, sans-serif;”>As evidence emerges that the Deepwater explosion was </span></span></b><a href=”http://indyposted.com/21349/deepwater-horizon-oil-rig-explosion-caused-by-methane-bubble/”><b><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-size: small;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’, sans-serif;”>caused</span></span></b></a><b><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-size: small;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’, sans-serif;”> by methane gas, &nbsp;other concerns are surfacing about the overall effects of methane on the wildlife in the Gulf:</span></span></b><br /><blockquote><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”color: #134f5c;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-size: small;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’, sans-serif;”>The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion was caused by a methane bubble. BP conducted interviews with surviving rig workers during its internal investigation, and found that a Methane bubble escaped from the well, then shot up the drill column, quickly expanding and breaking seals and barriers until it exploded.</span></span></span></blockquote><blockquote><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”color: #134f5c;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-size: small;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’, sans-serif;”>The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, but the details that have emerged thus far, have given the most insight into the events that occurred on April 20th. A blast that killed 11 workers, and sent millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.</span></span></span></blockquote><b><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-size: small;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’, sans-serif;”>The combination of toxic elements could create </span></span></b><a href=”http://www.businessinsider.com/oil-spill-may-cause-methane-poisoning-wiping-out-life-in-parts-of-gulf-2010-6?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+businessinsider+(Business+Insider)#ixzz0rEhUA9Bo”><b><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-size: small;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’, sans-serif;”>dead </span></span></b></a><b><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-size: small;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’, sans-serif;”>zones:</span></span></b><br /><blockquote><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”color: #134f5c;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-size: small;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’, sans-serif;”>Scientists are warning of another way the oil spill could devastate the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. In addition to toxic oil levels and&nbsp;</span></span></span><a class=”kLink” href=”http://www.businessinsider.com/oil-spill-may-cause-methane-poisoning-wiping-out-life-in-parts-of-gulf-2010-6?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+businessinsider+(Business+Insider)#” id=”KonaLink0″ style=”-webkit-background-clip: initial !important; -webkit-background-origin: initial !important; background-attachment: initial !important; background-color: transparent !important; background-image: none !important; background-repeat: initial !important; border-bottom-color: transparent !important; border-bottom-style: none !important; border-bottom-width: 0px !important; border-left-color: transparent !important; border-left-style: none !important; border-left-width: 0px !important; border-right-color: transparent !important; border-right-style: none !important; border-right-width: 0px !important; border-top-color: transparent !important; border-top-style: none !important; border-top-width: 0px !important; bottom: 0px; cursor: pointer; display: inline !important; left: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; outline-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; padding-bottom: 0px !important; padding-left: 0px !important; padding-right: 0px !important; padding-top: 0px !important; position: static; right: 0px; top: 0px;” target=”undefined”><span style=”position: static;”><span class=”kLink” style=”-webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-color: transparent; background-image: none; background-repeat: initial; border-bottom-color: initial; border-bottom-style: solid; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-color: initial !important; border-left-style: none !important; border-left-width: 0px !important; border-right-color: initial !important; border-right-style: none !important; border-right-width: 0px !important; border-top-color: initial !important; border-top-style: none !important; border-top-width: 0px !important; display: inline !important; float: none !important; padding-bottom: 1px !important; padding-left: 0px !important; padding-right: 0px !important; padding-top: 0px !important; position: static; width: auto !important;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”text-decoration: none;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”color: #134f5c;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-size: small;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’, sans-serif;”>chemical</span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”color: #134f5c;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-size: small;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’, sans-serif;”>&nbsp;dispersants, the spill could cause methane poisoning:</span></span><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”color: black;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-size: small;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’, sans-serif;”>&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></blockquote><blockquote><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”color: #134f5c;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”line-height: 13px;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-size: small;”><span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’, sans-serif;”>(AP) The oil emanating from the seafloor contains about 40 percent methane, compared with about 5 percent found in typical oil deposits, said John Kessler, a Texas A&amp;M University oceanographer who is studying the impact of methane from the spill.</span></span></span></span></blockquote><div class=”blogger-post-footer”><img width=’1′ height=’1′ src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5984350225136093307-2650793297783321469?l=teapartyatperrysburg.blogspot.com’ alt=” /></div>

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