Skip to comments.BP's Deepwater Horizon - Oil to Stay Put; Dispersant Questions - and Open Thread (Aug 1, 2010)
Posted on 08/01/2010 8:09:59 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Last week, NOAA released a new study showing that the dispersed oil was not likely to travel far.
In order for the oil to be dispersed very far, it would need to reach the Loop Current. At this point in time, the Loop Current is very far away, and there seems to be little chance the oil will travel that far.
According to the report:
Overflights in the past week have found only scattered patches of light sheen near the Mississippi Delta an indication that aggressive efforts to capture and disperse the oil have been effective and that the remaining oil is naturally dispersing and biodegrading.
Around May 24, a large loop current eddy, called Eddy Franklin, started to pinch off and detach, from the loop current. For a number of weeks, Eddy Franklin and the loop current showed varying levels of connectivity. The eddy is now clearly disconnected from the loop current and will likely migrate to the west over the next few months.
(Excerpt) Read more at theoildrum.com ...
According to previous MSM reports, the loop current should have engulfed the entire east coast of Florida with foot thick coverings of oil, inundating and destroying all life forms there forever.
How long does it take for crude oil to biodegrade? 1-2 years? 5? more?
Good question, lots of variables. The temperature of the water is key, because we're talking about a biological process. Also, the effectiveness of the dispersant is critical ... the better dispersed the oil, the more surface area for the oleophilic microbes to digest.
People are discovering the oil is mostly "gone" now .. from this leak. What people don't realize is that oil leaks in the the oceans every day in significant quantities ... always has since the earth was formed ... and that's how the oleophilics were "there" to solve the problem.
The whole process of dispersants and bio tech is explained at The Patriot's Flag - Dispersants and the Piper. It is a simple process ... one that has been in place for eons and is simply enhanced by the dispersants. And much to the chagrin of the environmentalist Left ... it has worked perfectly.
Who knows who are what to believe anymore...this happened, that happend, it will do this, it will do that......
I dunno why they have such a hard time accepting the idea that maybe the Little Wee Beasties (microbes) simply multiplied due to the high availability of food (the oil) and lunched a lot of it down.
Like Nature hasn’t had long enough to evolve an Oil Eating Wee Beastie? Of course it has. And natural seeps have been occurring since before humans existed — and if not lunched away by something, would still be around.
Clearly, Mother Nature has a better handle on this than we know.
Foxnews was highlighting this Sunday morning... Markey’s accusations against BP and the Coast Guard.
But Lim's article has many other flaws. He expends lots of words on the ridiculous speculation that BP executives sold shares because they knew a blowout was imminent. He doesn't understand that lost circulation is a common problem. He harps on the "two wells" A and B. In short, the usual garbage.
from:GeoNola on July 31, 2010 - 1:39pm
Totally bogus, but highly entertaining (cf. "pervious updipping beds").
And no, Macondo is not on a salt dome flank.
Subthread from several days ago:
Any geophys types out there?
Nicked this screen grab off Kent Wells' presentation of 21st July.
A ropey looking line of 2D seismic but its all I've seen to date.
Whats the strong reflector just below 20,000 ft? Is that salt? Seems to provide some structure in the overlying sediments.
Several posters on TOD believe Lim is totally wrong...but the map is from BP.
However there are maps at some of the Universities,...saw those quite some time ago but didn't study them in any detail.
The news Media would have viewers believe all of the beaches and marshes were under a foot thick layer of oil crude.
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