posted on Jun, 8 2010 @ 10:27 PM
The ruptured wellhead is more than a mile deep, where the temperature is below freezing, about 29° F... Only the intense pressure prevents the
seawater from freezing. On top of that, there's barely enough oxygen down there to support Life, nevermind ignite a fire. The crude supposedly
pouring out of the leak is a very heavy, very dense hydrocarbon cocktail — about the same density as the seawater — so it naturally disperses into
the water column rather than heading straight for the surface.
Now, let's go back to 9th Grade General Physics for a moment... What is required to initiate Fire? Just three conditions are necessary:
1. Presence of a Combustible Fuel
2. High Temperature
3. Abundant Presence of Oxygen
Problem with the oil leak is that, while there's sort of a combustible fuel present down there, being widely dispersed into the water column,
the other 2 of the necessary conditions for Fire are absent: High Temperature and the Abundant Presence of Oxygen.
Therefore, no Fire.
— Doc Velocity