Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 9 years ago

100,000 times to a million times the acceptable methane levels around the Gulf How do you plan to sue for that?

By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO | Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:58pm EDT

CHICAGO (Reuters) - As much as 1 million times the normal level of methane gas has been found in some regions near the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, enough to potentially deplete oxygen and create a dead zone, U.S. scientists said on Tuesday.

Texas A&M University oceanography professor John Kessler, just back from a 10-day research expedition near the BP Plc oil spill in the gulf, says methane gas levels in some areas are "astonishingly high."

Kessler's crew took measurements of both surface and deep water within a 5-mile (8 kilometer) radius of BP's broken wellhead.

"There is an incredible amount of methane in there," Kessler told reporters in a telephone briefing.

In some areas, the crew of 12 scientists found concentrations that were 100,000 times higher than normal.

"We saw them approach a million times above background concentrations" in some areas, Kessler said.

The scientists were looking for signs that the methane gas had depleted levels of oxygen dissolved in the water needed to sustain marine life.

"At some locations, we saw depletions of up to 30 percent of oxygen based on its natural concentration in the waters. At other places, we saw no depletion of oxygen in the waters. We need to determine why that is," he told the briefing.

Methane occurs naturally in sea water, but high concentrations can encourage the growth of microbes that gobble up oxygen needed by marine life.

Kessler said oxygen depletions have not reached a critical level yet, but the oil is still spilling into the Gulf, now at a rate of as much as 60,000 barrels a day, according to U.S. government estimates.

"What is it going to look like two months down the road, six months down the road, two years down the road?" he asked.

Methane, a natural gas, dissolves in seawater and some scientists think measuring methane could give a more accurate picture of the extent of the oil spill.

Kessler said his team has taken those measurements, and is hoping to have an estimate soon.

"Give us about a week and we should have some preliminary numbers on that," he said.

(Editing by Maggie Fox)



How long will this region remain inhabitable for either fish or the fishermen ?

Where will you put all those people if the area becomes uninhabitable ?

What economic strategy do you have to cope with the loss of billions in fish and tourism and subsequent unemployment which is now hovering over the 10% mark according to the U 6 ?

How do you plan to sue BP or anyone else for destroying the base of a food chain in an entire region of your nation ?

5 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Best Answer

    Just hope it doesn't ignite . No one knows that the ocean floor has raised 30 feet at the drill site either . It just may blow one day it builds enough pressure up . There is also methane gas bubbling up miles around the well . Its not over yet . Sue ? Good question .

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    That's nice, why not sue for how much CO2 we admit.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    you are such a whiner. Haven't you ever put olive oil on your food? it's exactly the same thing.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    who decides what the "acceptable" amount is?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Whine like a Liberal.......................

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