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Originally posted by loam
I just heard something strange on the news concerning this...
They are still warning residents not to drink the water if it smells like gas...
I thought, but for an additive, natural gas is odorless??? It sounds like they have NOT completely ruled out a man-made origin. Otherwise, how would the gas smell?
State Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner says investigators first thought a natural gas pipeline had broken. But he says the only pipeline in the area was shut down and the geysers got worse.
The gas is flammable but Kingfisher Fire Chief John Crawford said Monday that it's unlikely the gas will ignite because the leaks are in rural areas along a creek.
One concern is the gas might get into water wells or water pipelines and officials say water that smells of gas should not be consumed.
Some sort of gas is involved, Cupp is certain. The faint odor was similar to that of model glue. Testing was ongoing Monday afternoon to determine the type of gas.
We're stumped," said Steve Loftis, emergency management director for Kingfisher and the county. "This is one for the ages."
Tony Cupp, district manager for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's oil and gas division, said: "It's weird. It's really weird."
"Have you ever seen anything like this?"
"Not like this," Cupp answered.
National Guard Lt. Col. Kevin Staring said the water could be harmful. He urged farmers living along the creek not to let livestock drink from it until the source is determined.
"It's like something out of 'Jurassic Park,"Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said.
Originally posted by jtma508
Model glue? That would indicate toluene which does exist in crude oil and some balsam trees in low levels. It's used widely in industrial processes but is not soluble in water. This really is weird. And why along the creek? Has the water level in the creek been affected? Maybe some creek water is percolating into a fissure, contacting heated material (lava??) and exploding upwards? Scary.
Theoretically, the more highly saturated hydrocarbons should be thermodynamically stable in volcanic gases with high H/C (hydrogen to carbon) ratios, because they are more reduced. It is expected that aromatic hydrocarbons and alkenes will be present in greater proportions in gas samples with low H/C ratios than in samples with high H/C ratios. Correlations between the distribution of hydrocarbons and the geologic and tectonic setting will also be examined...The stability of hydrocarons will therefore vary between these settings [they list magma temp, redox conditions, and underlying crustal material], which is expected to lead to different distributions of hydrocarbons.