Paper: TSUNAMI RUMORS — Drilling near methane deposits “can turn that solid methane into a liquid, leaving the ocean floor unstable” says scientist


Scientists from St. Petersburg find high methane readings near oil disaster site, St. Petersburg Times, July 21, 2010:

Deposits of methane gas... because they are so deep beneath the ocean, have frozen into icy crystals.

Disturbing those deposits — say, by drilling an oil well through themcan turn that solid methane into a liquidleaving the ocean floor unstable, explained [Carol Lutken of the University of Mississippi]. ...

Worse, the freed gas may explode... There have been rumors that a similar methane explosion could cause a tsunami, a concern that government officials say is unfounded. ...

Generally the oil industry tries to avoid methane areas during drilling for safety reasons. But the U.S. Energy Department wants to find a way to harvest fuel from those methane deposits, Lutken said.

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2 comments to Paper: TSUNAMI RUMORS — Drilling near methane deposits “can turn that solid methane into a liquid, leaving the ocean floor unstable” says scientist

  • Cheri

    so what does this mean? there is a possiblity of a Tsunami or what?

  • Betsy S.

    I am very concerned that there is some sort of much larger problem looming- simply because with the purported "capping" of the well, the MSM coverage of this oil disaster has all but disappeared from the headlines!

    The press is ignoring the "cleanup".

    The press is ignoring the tar balls.

    The press is ignoring the higher concentrations of chemicals near the disaster site and on Gulf coast beaches.

    The press is ignoring the "plumes" that we were hearing so much about.

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