posted on Jun, 26 2010 @ 03:26 AM
reply to post by Strype
They use to check the BOP over top to bottom quite often throughout the day. I'm thinking they no longer want to broadcast video of them doing so
any more because we will notice the big increase of methane hydrates now seeping up through the sediment down below all around the BOP and spreading
out for gawd knows how far away. When I do noticed the ROVs getting near the sea floor, I see that they stir up a lot of those hydrates which are now
pooling on the floor. A few days back I watched one of the ROVs cruise around down there probing the depth of those pools.
I've also noticed that a couple of the ROVs appear to be on full time methane patrol around that entire area and at variable depths. If you compare
the video of the waters down there today to a month ago you can clearly see how saturated the water has become with methane. I think there may be a
ship above that's patrolling around trying to find methane hot spots and are dropping buoys when they find them. Then the ROVs cruise out to those
buoys to check things out, probing the depth of those pools, observing the clouds of methane and raining hydrates. From what I can see, I'm
guessing there's about 6-8 inches of that crap now covering the sea floor all around that BOP.
In the beginning the ROVs would occasionally kick up actual sediment on the floor, and it looked dirty, as you would expect. Now when they get near
the sea floor, it kicks up a white cloud of smoke .. methane.
BTW, the reason the BOP is leaning is that when the drilling rig exploded and sank, the connection from the BOP to the ship above was jolted about,
and when that pipe broke and fell to the ground, it put a stress on the base of the BOP and caused it to bend. That's why it's tilting.
If you've been watching those ROVs since the beginning, you'll know how saturated the water has become and the sea floor has been covered with this
methane hydrate stuff, and it without a doubt has become much much more worse.