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A Must See Video To Understand The Gulf Oil Geological Situation

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June 19, 2010: 1236bigcat / YouTube – June 02, 2010

Preface: The Mississippi River runs along a major geological faultline.

The Macondo well was the result of the Deepwater Horizon drilling along the Mississippi Canyon – as I understand it, the extension of that same faultline under the sea.

The best video I have seen so far on the subject. Highly recommended, even if you have to pause it a few times… – By: jo-ann F.

Because drilling can bring warm fluids up from depth, potentially melting the shallower gas hydrate, many researchers and engineers anticipate that drilling through gas hydrate may pose a hazard to the stability of the well, the platform anchors, the tethers, or even entire platforms.…
Hydrate is less dense than the surrounding seawater and will float toward the surface until it decomposes.…

Drilling and operating such wells is at the cutting edge of knowledge and technology. In effect, every well is a prototype.….

Air tests from the Louisiana coast reveal human health threats from the oil disaster. The concentration threshold for hydrogen sulfide is about 5 to 10 parts per billion. Last Thursday, the EPA measured levels at 1,000 ppb. Ambient air standard for the VOC benzene for example, is 3.76 ppb, while its standard for methylene chloride is 61.25 ppb. Air testing results show VOC concentrations far above these state standards. On May 6 for example, the EPA measured VOCs at levels of 483 ppb.…

I’ve been watching the live Spillcam. About 5pm last night, we all started taking note of gas bubbling out of the seabed floor. About 1am this morning, the eruptions began to increase in spew volume.…

Global estimate of 5,000 to 20,000 gigatons (billions of metric tons, abbreviated as Gt) of carbon in oceanic hydrate methane.…

In 1987, MMS estimated that there were 9 billion barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. By 2007, once drilling had begun in deeper waters, MMS had revised its estimate upward to 45 billion. The government must publicly release details of the geology under the spill site. The American people – and people in Mexico, Cuba and other countries which might be affected by the spill – have a right to know what we’re dealing with. We can’t understand the big picture behind the Gulf oil spill unless we know the underwater geology of the seabed and the underlying rocks. The “Macondo” Prospect is very typical of the Gulf oil region. Sands at almost 20,000 feet in the auger field (Garden Banks 426) still retain a porosity of 26%. Pliocene and Pleistocene turbidite sands have reported porosities ranging from 28% to 32%. Connectivity in sheet sands and amalgamated sheet and channel sands is high for deepwater turbidite reservoirs.…

Robert Wine, a spokesman for BP, declined to detail the company’s own worst-case scenario. Plumes of oil spinning off of the spill have been detected in two directions, and researchers suspect there are more.…

Unsaturated hydrocarbons which have one or more planar six-carbon rings called benzene rings formula CnHn. They tend to burn with a sooty flame, and many have a sweet aroma. Some are carcinogenic.…

Typically temperature increases with sediment depth by about 40°C to 50°C per kilometer (about 115°F to 145°F per mile). This increase is considerably higher than that in the crust of continents, which is about 25°C per kilometer, or 72°F per mile.…

USCG said oil was flowing into the device at 8,000 to 9,000 pounds per square inch.…

“Large skepticism leads to large understanding. Small skepticism leads to small understanding. No skepticism leads to no understanding.” – Xi Zhi (1130 – 1200)

“Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Not every item of news should be published. Rather most those who control news policies endeavor to make every item of news serve a certain purpose. It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion.” – Hermann Goering, WWII

BP Oil Spill Methane Hydrate Sea Floor – Godzilla – Highway 61 – All Along the Watchtower

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: A must see video even if you must pause to read the text– SJH

Link to original video below…

Written by Steven John Hibbs

June 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm

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