Oil Full Of Methane, Adding New Concerns
It is an overlooked danger in oil spill crisis: The crude gushing from the well contains vast amounts of natural gas that could pose a serious threat to the Gulf of Mexico's fragile ecosystem.
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#1 Jun 18, 2010
No kidding! Duh. What did they think was fueling the oil?
#2 Jun 18, 2010
The leak is spewing about 40% methand, compared to the 5% norm. At the high pressures of the wellhead, methane gas is liquified/semi-solid such that it remains submerged rather than bubbling to the surface. Little is known about the effects of massive methane loading underseas.
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