- Posted July 14, 2010 by
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This iReport is part of an assignment:
Oil disaster views and solutions
BP’s Bubble: A Methane Hemorrhage or a Doomsday Hoax?
On this, the 85th day of the disaster in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, here are ten things that we know with relative assurance to be true of the disastrous so-called oil spill …
1. Eleven people died instantly in the catastrophic explosion which occurred on April 20, 2010
2. The oil leaking from the wellhead is not flowing freely but it is erupting under tremendous pressure
3. Methane, a primary component of natural gas is itself not toxic but it is an asphyxiant
4. Methane is highly flammable and may form a highly explosive mixture with air
5. There have been several failed attempts by BP to cap and control the well
6. Methane exists in great quantity within both the crust and the oceans of the earth
7. Significant numbers of marine and wildlife have perished as a direct result of the spill
8. The long-term far-reaching effects of this oil spill are still highly uncertain
9. Livelihoods and lives have been adversely affected by those in closest proximity
10. Credible, verifiable information about the event is all but impossible to obtain
Since the very first day of the ecological catastrophe, most if not all of our attention has been turned to the negative effects that the leaking crude oil is expected to have on our environment at large. Until recently, not a great deal has been written about the possible role that methane gas, which due to great pressure acts to drive the oil to the ocean’s surface, might possibly have on the environment in general.
Like many elements of this disaster, there are a number of theories about how important that methane gas may or may not prove to be to the emerging overall picture. Speaking for myself, I must admit that I have grown somewhat weary hearing all the countless excuses and explanations. I am fast approaching a saturation point when it comes to more stories and possibly more fallout in a story that simply refuses to die.
Even so, as a former long-term energy industry employee I do relate to and I clearly understand some of the stories concerning the potential for even greater disaster that may, or may not await us all, depending upon one's point of view. And as a result, I believe that some of those stories probably need to be made widely available to those who may be interested in them, as do some of those related stories that reject and refute some of those very same possibilities out-of-hand.
And so I present you with the following links and references for your consideration. Of course, reading them all in their entirety will take a bit of effort on the reader’s part. And even then, one may come away no less confused, and yes, possibly no better informed than before.
Understanding and accepting each of those possibilities and limitations, then, I list in no particular order some of the recent and not so recent links discussing the role that methane gas may, or again, may not play in the current and future fallout arising from the BP oil spill. I hope that you will at least summarily scan the highlights of these four articles I have listed below. Of course, it probably goes without saying that many similar articles can also be found on the web if you happen to be so inclined.