Scientists unsure if 212 degree Fahrenheit oil at wellhead affected Corexit’s “action”


Oil dispersant effects remain a mystery, Los Angeles Times, September 4, 2010:

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[Scientists] can't say whether it was a help or hindrance that BP decided to spray much of the dispersant not onto the water surface, as is more common, but over oil pouring out of the leaking wellhead 5,000 feet under the sea. Both the high pressure (151 times greater than at the surface) and the oil's temperature (100 degrees Celsius, or 212 degrees Fahrenheit) could have affected dispersant action, either for better or worse.

1 comment to Scientists unsure if 212 degree Fahrenheit oil at wellhead affected Corexit’s “action”

  • Mr. Anonymous

    100 degrees Celsius!

    No wonder methane hydrates are melting in the seabed!

    Considering the video evidence for fractures in the seabed; vast reserves of frozen methane; a vast reserve of boiling hot oil making its way through 18,000 feet of fractured geology is surely a methane nightmare in the making!

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