Originally posted by demonseed
On a side note, why is the oil red/yellow?
Is that really what crude oil looks like?
[edit on 11-5-2010 by demonseed]
I wondered too, the lighter colors are IMO the result of dispersant... detergents... and/or caustic industrial byproducts that needed a place to dispose of them.. that ALSO dissolve crude oil..or congeal it.. causing it to drop to the ocean floor like alum is used in water treatment plants to get rid of particulates.. make em sink.
One report claims one of these things being s
prayed (by the USNavy?) is a NEUROTOXIN - The thing is crude oil contains some nasty higher distillates. It is not an accident that roach spray smells like "volatile hydrocarbons" ...
What I dont get is if crude is worth 75 $ a barrel,, why there isn't an 'oil rush' in the gulf... with folks out there running skimmers and centrifugal oil separators. and then selling that oil for cash.
And the containment vessel failed because it filled up with rock-hard methane hydrate crystals. blocking the pipe..... the solid form of methane hydrate is very hard, it looks like a diamond but it contains a trapped CH3 molecule..., that it lets go of 'explosively...when it depressurizes..
If the blow out preventer was rated for 15,000 psi, the heavy drill mud they were using (on 5000 feet of pipe) says they knew they were working close to red line.
[edit on 11-5-2010 by seataka]