Blowout in Gulf still leaking? Scientists checking for pollution are not allowed within 5 miles of site — Sheen continues to be observed — Fire boats remain nearby — Gas could “impact offshore ecosystems”

Published: July 30th, 2013 at 5:08 pm ET
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AP, July 27, 2013: Rig relief for well being positioned at gas leak [...] Federal authorities say a rig is being positioned to drill a relief well for a gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico [...] The relief well could intercept the leaking well and seal it [...] The leak is from a gas rig that blew wild Tuesday morning. [...]

AP, July 29, 2013: Scientists Test Gulf Of Mexico Water For Pollution [...] Scientists from several universities are working to learn whether a gas well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico. [...] There was still a slight sheen on the water [...]

AP, July 29, 2013: [...] Joseph Montoya, a Georgia Tech biology professor [...] and the team of academics hoped to find any hints of environmental damage. [...] A 10-member crew used buckets, hoses and canisters to collect water samples to measure levels of methane gas, radon gas, bacterial abundance and activity, among other things. The Coast Guard wouldn’t let their boat closer than 5 miles to the rig. [...] “[Natural gas is] a very potent greenhouse gas.” [Montoya] said it has the potential to feed into the planktonic food web and impact offshore ecosystems. [...]

WWL – AM870, July 29, 2013: Work at runaway gas well not over [...] Federal regulators say gas detectors and automatic, high-capacity water hoses are being installed on a drilling rig where a natural gas well caught fire last week.  The bureau’s statement Sunday says fireboats remain nearby [...] There’s still a slight sheen on the water. [...]

See also: Crude oil seen in water by blowout in Gulf -- AP: Sheen reported each day since incident began -- First estimated at 7,000 gallons a day (PHOTOS)

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13 comments to Blowout in Gulf still leaking? Scientists checking for pollution are not allowed within 5 miles of site — Sheen continues to be observed — Fire boats remain nearby — Gas could “impact offshore ecosystems”

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    How can it not be leaking? It's only been days..
    Hardly time to even move the equipment.
    Of course the thing is blowing..


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS.If they thought the pinch out by geological debris was going to hold and stop this..they were delusional.


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  • jec jec

    So GREENHOUSE GASES are leaked by all these wells..into the environment. So just how much of the global warming is due to these man made/accidental methane leaks..? Lets bill the companies with the rigs and the accidents to cover the greenhouse warming effects..NOT THE TAXPAYING PUBLIC who seems to be like a herd of sheep following a leader! Blame the cause/BP/oil drilling/fracking (yes, public does use the products..but..) not the public. The pubic is a customer but has NOT been involved in the commercial processes damaging the environment. Has anyone done a comparison or documented the various amount of gases, WHO leaked/vented them, and the volumes? Industry may be venting more in the production than we ever knew..such as the 'hidden' methane leaking from the fracking being done in W.VA, PENN, etc. The IR study done and displayed in Youtube..eye opening…LOOK at the fumes! And am sure this 'feature' has not been discussed in any congressional hearings…good video!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov5nkkRDfGQ

    PLUS, now we have reached a tipping point, I wonder if mother nature is venting as much or more now the temperatures have increased……


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    • gottagetoffthegrid

      some of your questions are answered here:

      http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/07/29-6

      gas flaring and venting (both result in GHGs)is permitted by regulators industry wide.


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    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Let's stop passing the guilt around. Anyone who drives a car, uses plastic, uses fossils in all their shapes and forms is complicit in the murder of this planet and destroying life of future generations. That means you, me, all of us. It would be nice though if the US citizens could at least halve their energy consumption to be on par with Europe (which still wouldn't be enough to safe us). But no, freedom, right? Home of the brave, eh? Taking the world over the cliff…..


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      • NoNukes NoNukes

        Recommended viewing: "Who Killed the Electric Car?"

        This is a manufactured crisis, unnecessary. One central element of this manufactured crisis for the past 30+ years is the corporate propaganda blaming the "citizens" for it, for our consumption of energy, water, etc.

        However, the reality is that residential citizens consume a small fraction of energy, of water, etc. For example, if we all stopped taking showers, stopped using any water at all, 90%+ of our water resources would still be consumed by industry-corporate-military purposes.

        If all residential citizens went off the grid today, the majority of the energy consumption would remain the same, as the majority of energy consumption is by industrial-commercial-military.

        Corporate media produces a lot of distraction, keeping everyone busy recycling, etc., knowing that it will only ever effect a tiny percentage of consumption, but it keeps the focus off where it really belongs.


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  • markww markww

    BREAKING NEWS Something to watch as to gas and methane

    Earthquakes burp up methane bubbles

    http://www.nbcnews.com/science/earthquakes-burp-methane-bubbles-6C10773446


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    Quote:
    Scientists checking for pollution are not allowed within 5 miles of site

    Why that far? Too dangerous or don't want them to find something, maybe both?


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