Skip to comments.How the ultimate BP Gulf disaster could kill millions
Posted on 06/20/2010 8:10:15 PM PDT by GonzoII
Disturbing evidence is mounting that something frightening is happening deep under the waters of the Gulf of Mexicosomething far worse than the BP oil gusher.
Warnings were raised as long as a year before the Deepwater Horizon disaster that the area of seabed chosen by the BP geologists might be unstable, or worse, inherently dangerous.
What makes the location that Transocean chose potentially far riskier than other potential oil deposits located at other regions of the Gulf? It can be summed up with two words: methane gas.
(Excerpt) Read more at helium.com ...
So then would the same hold true for those in the vicinity of anybody eating beans?
Not to worry, Oilbama will use a nuke to plug the damned hole.
Author names four sources. All unamed. This is all speculation.
100,000 psi, just imagine the MPG you could get if the local gas station could get your tires that hard!
I live in Mobile...should I move?
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Why did you post this??
At 900 btu's per cu/ft, a methane blast over the water would be exciting, but that's about all.
If you’d like a glimpse of what’s really going on in the Gulf, slide into this video and start at about minute 12:
Sounds like the “geologists” that the article refers to are busy inhaling the “helium”.
No wonder Obammy is staying away...
I think this is a world-wide problem. The U.N. should create a consortium of scientific experts to study the problem before it kills millions, primarrily the minorities and the poor from developing nations. They should call the blue ribbon panel the “International petroleum crises consortium” or IPCC. Then we would know for certain that this is a real crisis and not just scaremongering to steal $20 Billion.
Just to pre-emt Pelosi and Obummer: “It’s Bush’s fault”!!!
National Geographic had a show on methane/sea leaking some months back. I thin the speculation was a buildup in the sea, undetected, could pose catastrophic global event and may have done so in the past
It’s happening all over the world.
Some years back a lake “belched” in Africa and killed thousands
some other articles
Thanks for posting the articles.
I love it.
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Elevation map] A supersonic tsunami would literally sweep away everything from Miami to the panhandle in a matter of minutes. Loss of human life would be virtually instantaneous and measured in the millions. Of course the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and southern region of Georgiaa state with no Gulf coastlinewould also experience tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of casualties.
Loss of property is virtually incalculable and the days of the US position as the world’s superpower would be literally gone in a flash...of detonating methane.
This would please Obama.
There are other articles with named, credible sources worried about the same thing.
“Author names four sources. All unamed. This is all speculation.”
Ah, don’t sweat it!
Obama isn’t taking any of this seriously eithe.
He’d laugh at this too!
For a bubble of methane to be mixed at the right proportion (an explosive mixture) and large enough to go 'boom' instead of whump (burning, but not exploding) and be large enough to be an ELE, would be highly unusual to say the least. Just the atmospheric mixing required is phenomenal.
As for floating around dissolved in seawater, the closer it gets to the surface, the less soluable it is, and methane is really pretty much insoluable in water at atmospheric pressure.
IIRC, that was suffocation, CO2, and bowl shaped geography in a much smaller area.
We’ve had a few guys around here killed on these gaswells
that have blown up,,,(Haynesville Shale),,,
That area of the Gulf has some of the highest bottom hole
pressures in the world,,,
No place for short cuts...
You have to have oxygen to have an explosion and that means the right mix as well. Getting a large enough cloud of methane/air mix over a rig or a wellsite is one thing, but miles across between the LEL and UEL is pretty tough to do.
Whatever happens to blow things out of the hole may be a high pressure event, but not a typical explosion, just a pressure difference without the chemical reaction.
Yes, I do have plenty of respect for both, I'm a former firefighter as well as an oilfield hand.
Nothing out there is cheap enough to die for, or too expensive if everyone makes it home.
Some of the old guys sure had some stories to tell,,,
I thought I saved the piece about areas with the highest
bottom hole pressures but I guess Vista ate it !...;0)
Should I warn relatives in Miami?
Bottom hole pressures can fool you. Even here where they are generally considered fairly low, there are wellheads out there with 5000-10000 psi on them. Madden Deep in Wyoming comes to mind as one place on land notorious for losing rigs. There are plenty offshore, too.
Highest bottomhole pressure: 34,660 psi, a world record,,,
I think this one was in a ME field,,,
The best I can remember is that area south of Mobile was
9 or 10,000 lbs,,,ain’t sure,,,
Thunder Horse ran into pressure problems south of the
blowout a year or so ago...
That’s pretty high. The highest I’ve personally encountered was about 8500 psi, and that was tricky enough for the rig/time/place. Any idea of the depth at which they hit the 34,660? Just curious.
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