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On June 14th, a total of approximately 15,420 barrels of oil were collected and 33.2 million cubic feet of natural gas were flared.
HOUSTON, June 15 (Reuters) - A team of U.S. scientists on Tuesday upped their high-end estimate of the amount of crude oil flowing from BP Plc's (BP.L) (BP.N) stricken Gulf of Mexico well by 50 percent, the second major upward revision in less than a week. The scientists said the "most likely flow rate of oil today" ranges from 35,000 to 60,000 barrels (1.47 million and 2.52 million gallons/5.57 million and 9.54 million litres) per day.
Originally posted by MissSmartypants
reply to post by apacheman
And of course the natural gas is perhaps more insidious because we don't see it in the water but it's there and from what I 've read it displaces the oxygen in the water killing the sea life.
And yes the numbers you've given are staggering. I believe the world's largest oil spill before this....the one in Mexico I think in the 70's....eventually spilled some 300 million gallons. Aren't we passed that amount so far now?
One of the world’s largest and best studied seep regions, the Coal Oil Point seep field, is located along the northern side of the Santa Barbara Channel. The seep field emits gas, oil, and tar in water 5 m to 70 m deep. Most gas bubbles are composed of ~90% methane at the seafloor and ~60 – 70% methane at the sea-surface. The gaseous methane emission is in the range of two million cubic feet per day. Colleagues at the University of California, Santa Barbara, investigated the amount of methane dissolved in the ocean originating from Coil Oil Point seep field in an earlier study (published in Journal of Geophysical Research). They estimated another two million cubic feet per day of methane are dissolved into the water above the seafloor vents.
The fate of that dissolved methane, however, remained uncertain. Usually dissolved methane is transported with the ocean currents and forms so called methane ‘plumes’ (water with higher methane concentrations than background), which can degas to the atmosphere. As methane is a potent greenhouse gas that warms the Earth 23 times more than carbon dioxide when averaged over a century, quantification of the amount of methane entering the atmosphere is critical.
Based on the time series we concluded that ‘normal’ ocean conditions were present when we sampled the 280 square kilometer area. On that day the methane plume spread over 70 square kilometers. Together with data of wind speed, the amount of methane transferred into the air was estimated.
Significantly, our results indicate that only one percent of the dissolved methane from the Coal Oil Point seep field escapes into the air. Good news for earth’s atmosphere. But what happens to the rest of the dissolved methane?
The East Siberian Arctic Shelf — a 2.1-million-square-kilometer patch of Arctic seafloor that was exposed during the most recent ice age, when sea levels were lower — is three times larger than all of today’s land-based Siberian wetlands. When the region was above sea level, tundra vegetation pulled carbon dioxide from the air as plants grew. That organic material, much of which didn’t decompose in the frigid Arctic, accumulated in the soil and is the source of modern methane.