22 Mile Oil Plume Headed For Florida!

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PostSat May 29, 2010 10:10 pm » by Mahsooyee


The following news report has a 22 mile plume of oil and dispersant headed for the Florida coast and will spell disaster for marine life!

By MATTHEW BROWN and JASON DEAREN, Associated Press Writers – Fri May 28, 10:40 am ET
NEW ORLEANS – A thick, 22-mile plume of oil discovered by researchers off the BP spill site was nearing an underwater canyon, where it could poison the foodchain for sealife in the waters off Florida.
The discovery by researchers on the University of South Florida College of Marine Science's Weatherbird II vessel is the second significant undersea plume reported since the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20. The plume is more than 6 miles wide and its presence was reported Thursday.
The cloud was nearing a large underwater canyon whose currents fuel the foodchain in Gulf waters off Florida and could potentially wash the tiny plants and animals that feed larger organisms in a stew of toxic chemicals, another researcher said Friday.
Larry McKinney, executive director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, said the DeSoto Canyon off the Florida Panhandle sends nutrient-rich water from the deep sea up to shallower waters.
McKinney said that in a best-case scenario, oil riding the current out of the canyon would rise close enough to the surface to be broken down by sunlight. But if the plume remains relatively intact, it could sweep down the west coast of Florida as a toxic soup as far as the Keys, through what he called some of the most productive parts of the Gulf.
The plume was detected just beneath the surface down to about 3,300 feet, said David Hollander, associate professor of chemical oceanography at USF.
Hollander said the team detected the thickest amount of hydrocarbons, likely from the oil spewing from the blown out well, at about 1,300 feet in the same spot on two separate days this week.
The discovery was important, he said, because it confirmed that the substance found in the water was not naturally occurring and that the plume was at its highest concentration in deeper waters. The researchers will use further testing to determine whether the hydrocarbons they found are the result of dispersants or the emulsification of oil as it traveled away from the well.
The first such plume detected by scientists stretched from the well southwest toward the open sea, but this new undersea oil cloud is headed miles inland into shallower waters where many fish and other species reproduce.
The researchers say they are worried these undersea plumes may be the result of the unprecedented use of chemical dispersants to break up the oil a mile undersea at the site of the leak.
Hollander said the oil they detected has dissolved into the water, and is no longer visible, leading to fears from researchers that the toxicity from the oil and dispersants could pose a big danger to fish larvae and creatures that filter the waters for food.
"There are two elements to it," Hollander said. "The plume reaching waters on the continental shelf could have a toxic effect on fish larvae, and we also may see a long term response as it cascades up the food web."
Dispersants contain surfactants, which are similar to dishwashing soap.
A Louisiana State University researcher who has studied their effects on marine life said that by breaking oil into small particles, surfactants make it easier for fish and other animals to soak up the oil's toxic chemicals. That can impair the animals' immune systems and cause reproductive problems.
"The oil's not at the surface, so it doesn't look so bad, but you have a situation where it's more available to fish," said Kevin Kleinow, a professor in LSU's school of veterinary medicine.
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PostSat May 29, 2010 10:15 pm » by -Marduk-


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PostSat May 29, 2010 10:38 pm » by Samkenman


I've got a couple of good questions.. :think: .(excuse me if they have been answered already)...
How much oil is contained in that reservoir??
How much oil would it take to contaminate all the oceans of the world??

If the numbers add up, and we cannot stop the leak....we may be headed for a mass extinction level event. If the oil kills all the life in the oceans, I can't even begin to imagine the impact upon mankind.. :nails: ..CATASTROPHIC AT THE VERY LEAST.

With a little data, one may be able to predict or estimate a time frame in which this could occur if the oil continues to spew at it's current rate.

Throw some numbers at me guys...I'm a pretty good mathematician.... :ugeek:
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PostSat May 29, 2010 10:52 pm » by Mahsooyee


samkenman wrote:I've got a couple of good questions.. :think: .(excuse me if they have been answered already)...
How much oil is contained in that reservoir??
How much oil would it take to contaminate all the oceans of the world??

If the numbers add up, and we cannot stop the leak....we may be headed for a mass extinction level event. If the oil kills all the life in the oceans, I can't even begin to imagine the impact upon mankind.. :nails: ..CATASTROPHIC AT THE VERY LEAST.

With a little data, one may be able to predict or estimate a time frame in which this could occur if the oil continues to spew at it's current rate.

Throw some numbers at me guys...I'm a pretty good mathematician.... :ugeek:

The info that I've read had the reservoir at 25,000,000 square miles in a cavity the size of Mt. Everest. Surely this eruption can decimate many ecosystems around the planet as it travels the currents. The threat will be the food chain and possibly the poisoning of inland fish and wildlife if the chemicals which have been used are picked up by hurricanes and deposited into inland waters. Maybe even affect humans and their drinking water if it cannot be filtered out or neutralized! Monumental to say the least!

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PostSun May 30, 2010 3:47 am » by Bariblind


Oil doesn't really sit in caverns but in the spaces between grains of dirt. Think about how sandstone or fractured limestone looks and then try to imagine it soaked in oil. It's hard because it only happens under really high pressures.

If they have released the size of the reservoir you can do some quick engineer math (that's basically math but all the values are assumed values, not found through testing and research) by taking the reservoir size and multiplying by 20%. This will give an approximate volume of pore space. Probably 50% of that pore space is interconnected and flowing. Of that flowing pore spaces maybe 50% is oil and gas.

Some of the deep reservoirs in the Gulf have original oil in place of about 1-4 billion barrels, but the average recovery factor sits at around 30%. So for 1,000,000,000bbls there is an average of 30,000,000bbls recovered. It's unlikely that a single well will be able to recover 30% though.

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PostSun May 30, 2010 4:17 am » by Freedomofwill


WOW!!!!

A big oil disaster that has happened for 3 week's now headed for florida. Run for the hills!!!! ahhhhh we are all gonna die AAAAAHHHHH

Yeah right!!!! :twisted:

You may as well be dead if you think like that.



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