Skip to comments.BP Oil Spill: Clean-Up Crews Can't Find Crude in the Gulf
Posted on 07/26/2010 5:01:14 PM PDT by PilotDave
The numbers don't lie: two weeks ago, skimmers picked up about 25,000 barrels of oily water. Last Thursday, they gathered just 200 barrels.
Still, it doesn't mean that all the oil that gushed for weeks is gone. Thousands of small oil patches remain below the surface, but experts say an astonishing amount has disappeared, reabsorbed into the environment.
"[It's] mother nature doing her job," said Ed Overton, a professor of environmental studies at Louisiana State University.
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You really think a camera a mile underwater, in pitch black conditions, with artificial lighting, narrowly focused on a single point where oil is being forced upward would show such a thing?
That’s what that “dispersant” is supposed to do- make the oil clump up and float a little below the surface for a more aesthetic oil disaster.
Well....then....there is no reason for any offshore drilling moratorium. No big deal, no problem. That’s simple enough. Then why is Obama still trying to stop the drilling?
The oceans have been eating oil since there’s been oil and oceans.
You have really warm water and a hot sun this time of year
As if the Feds have any interest in making lemonade out of lemons. You are absolutely right. This well should be exploited to the max. A virtual mother lode.
Yeah, it's because of "global warming." They'll fix that once they've finished shaking down...I mean, once they've saved us from the oil spill that evil oil company BP did to us.
And with a wave of Obama's magic wand, no more off shore drilling! That's one crisis that didn't go to waste.
No, a dispersant's job is to break the oil into tiny micro-droplets that float to the surface.
It's really a surfactant, but surfactants cause dispersion because the ends of the surfactant molecules sticking out of the oil droplet repel the surfactant molecules in other oil droplets.
I caught triple-heck one evening here when I said that Corexit was nothing more than a glorified detergent. Folks told me that it was a dangerous poison and that Corexit was going to evaporate, fall out as rain, and contaminate the countryside.
I didn't have the heart to tell them about my education and job experience. I can't even begin to remember how many times I've designed and implemented bio-remediation projects for soil and groundwater contaminated with petroleum products. There are three things you need: Plenty of aeration, a bit of nutrients, and a good surfactant. Most engineers use Dawn detergent, which is simply a good, non-toxic surfactant.
Dont you that Daddy plugged the hole and its not going to be that bad for the November elections.
Because these are not the Jedi that you are looking for. Its the EEvil Repulicans that are to blame.
Lets keep this front and center. Expose and throw them out.
But I agree we do need the oil, since nothing has been done to replace it since the Carter years, and our dependency on foreign oil has just grown over the years.
Kinghorse, get off your high horse. Resistance to facts on the ground? - Facts from who? Misplaced hysteria? - Nah, that's liberals calling Tea Partiers racist.
Look, the article gave no real reason or explanation as to where the bulk of the oil is, or where it went, only guesses. That amount of crude doesn't disappear overnight.
What does that do for collection and/or cleansing purposes?
dont they just open the hat into transfer hoses?