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Natural gas well leaking in Gulf of Mexico, Coast Guard says

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NEW ORLEANS —The Coast Guard says natural gas is leaking from a well at a production platform in the Gulf of Mexico 74 miles southwest of Port Fourchon, La.

Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash says the well is not spewing, but a rainbow sheen four miles wide and three-quarters of a mile long was spotted in an aerial survey Tuesday.

The Coast Guard says a crew was working Monday night to temporarily plug the well when workers lost control. Two other wells on the platform were closed off. No one was hurt.

Read more: Natural gas well leaking in Gulf of Mexico, Coast Guard says | Gulf Coast - WDSU Home


Slowly destroying our earth. Hopefully this get under control ASAP, this is the last thing the Gulf needs.
 

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I hope you aren't using any petroleum or petroleum-based products whatsoever. You aren't are you? And if you get electricity from a power plant that uses it, then you are too.

I am and i realize i am. I certainly hope we invest more in green energy so we can move away from this.
 

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I am and i realize i am. I certainly hope we invest more in green energy so we can move away from this.

Green energy isn't enough...and won't be for a long time.
 

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Natural gas? What can be harmful about "natural" gas? Well except for being near an open flame.
 

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Natural gas? What can be harmful about "natural" gas? Well except for being near an open flame.

It's a product of the evil private sector. It has nothing to do with protecting the environment.
 

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Jesus Christ people THIS IS NOT A DEBATE THREAD regarding the merits of particular energy sources.
This is a CURRENT EVENTS thread to discuss a BREAKING NEWS ITEM.

Back to the topic at hand. Let's hope this does not turn into another Deepwater Horizon. Methane is not stuff you want to play with.
 

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Jesus Christ people THIS IS NOT A DEBATE THREAD regarding the merits of particular energy sources.
This is a CURRENT EVENTS thread to discuss a BREAKING NEWS ITEM.

Back to the topic at hand. Let's hope this does not turn into another Deepwater Horizon. Methane is not stuff you want to play with.

It needs to br an education thread for you people who don't have a clue about how a production platform works.

Oh, BTW, it's not methane.
 

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Then you should know there's no risk of water pollution.

Yes, as shown by the sheen of pollution on top of the water that indicated it's presence. That rainbow color on top is not gay marriage for your info.
 

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Yes, as shown by the sheen of pollution on top of the water that indicated it's presence. That rainbow color on top is not gay marriage for your info.

Awww, but it still isn't straight crude. :(
 

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Slowly destroying our earth. Hopefully this get under control ASAP, this is the last thing the Gulf needs. [/FONT][/COLOR]

Not exactly destroying the earth. There are all kinds of natural methane leaks on the ocean floor and they haven't hurt anything yet.
 

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Didn't say it was. However, you did say there was no risk of water pollution despite clear signs there is pollution.

What clear signs? There's always natural seepage and the world hasnt come to an end. This is just more fearmongering.
 

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I am and i realize i am. I certainly hope we invest more in green energy so we can move away from this.

Do you remember what happened in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill off the gulf coast? The federal gov't forced BP and other off-shore oil drilling companies to essentially drill a mile down to prevent environmental damage. So what happened? An accident which caused environmental damage. Don't you think if the oil drillers weren't restricted by the EPA to drill a mile down less accidents and less environmental damage would've occured?
 

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What clear signs? There's always natural seepage and the world hasnt come to an end. This is just more fearmongering.

Nice Romney, admitting there is pollution from it, and then pretending there is not. The leak caused the same slick that you just said was not as bad as a crude slick. it is still pollution, and now you are back to trying to pretend it did not happen.
 

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Nice Romney, admitting there is pollution from it, and then pretending there is not. The leak caused the same slick that you just said was not as bad as a crude slick. it is still pollution, and now you are back to trying to pretend it did not happen.


It's pollution in the same way that cow poop pollutes the grass. :)


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Back to the topic at hand. Let's hope this does not turn into another Deepwater Horizon. Methane is not stuff you want to play with.

It won't be a DWH spill. Couple of reasons. Its a production rig, not a exploratory rig. Set up at the well head is really different. Another, if the report is accurate and its 74 miles SW of Port Fourchon, its in shallow water (<200').

They were in the process of shutting the well down because its not producing, well was mainly pushing out water.

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Nice Romney, admitting there is pollution from it, and then pretending there is not. The leak caused the same slick that you just said was not as bad as a crude slick. it is still pollution, and now you are back to trying to pretend it did not happen.

The sea floor leaks methane gas all over the planet and has for thousands of years.
 

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Slowly destroying our earth. Hopefully this get under control ASAP, this is the last thing the Gulf needs.

It's too late, as we have already reached the point of no return. Now the U.S. and China can start enjoying all of the climate disasters that are headed their way, thanks to their arrogance and avarice.
 

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The sea floor leaks methane gas all over the planet and has for thousands of years.

yes, but we know that it emits pollution into the water, and that this one is not naturally occurring. Contrary to the odd notion you guys seem to be spouting, just because it comes from nature doesn't mean it is healthy to humans, and that it is not pollution. The earth does spout plenty of poisons and there is no reason we need to help it along.
 

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yes, but we know that it emits pollution into the water, and that this one is not naturally occurring. Contrary to the odd notion you guys seem to be spouting, just because it comes from nature doesn't mean it is healthy to humans, and that it is not pollution. The earth does spout plenty of poisons and there is no reason we need to help it along.

Methane is not a pollutant when it comes to water. Its a gas therefore does not remain in the water unless its under tremendous pressure and very cold water then it will become a hydrate (solid). Still not a pollutant as it will not mix or diffuse into water. The sheen is caused by some crude oil thats present in the line (this well is pushing out mostly water).

Reports thus far for this leak put it about 200 bbls or less than a 1000 gallons. Natural seeps are estimated to produce nearly 42,000,000 gallons a year in the Gulf of Mexico alone which is why there is such a high presence of oil consuming bacteria and microbes. This has been occurring long before we started the "environmental apocalypse" with the invention of the wheel.

So, while this may cause some acute pollutions (minor at best as this amount will spread and dissipate rapidly), it will cause no lasting or permanent damage whatsoever.
 
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