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Zeta Angelich
Zeta Angelich
Director of Marketing, Micro-Bac International, Inc., Round Rock, Texas; Adjunct Professor St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas
 

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BP & the continued “spin” on Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Jan. 18, 2011 2:32 pm

BP has partnered with Russia’s Rosneft Oil Company in a share swap to explore three zones owned by Rosneft in the South Kara Sea - an area covering 125,000 square kilometers of pristine, environmentally sensitive area of the Arctic. Rosneft, owned by the Russian government, will become BP’s largest shareholder. One wonders if this is wise after the disaster of Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico and its ongoing economical and environmental impact.

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Gulf Coast Oil Spill

BP’s PR coverage on the Deepwater disaster has continued to astound me. Any search engine query about the oil spill, BP, Deepwater Horizon, or Gulf Coast will come up with BP Gulf Oil Response at the top of the search most every time with a number of articles telling the curious that all is well.

Just such a recent newspaper article about "the oil spill" tells of reports and claims made by scientists that bacteria “ate just about all” of the oil, most specifically the natural gas from the Deepwater Horizon spill. Released is a report in the journal Science, by John D. Kessler, an oceanographer at Texas A & M University, along with colleagues with the claim that there was “no measurable loss of methane to the atmosphere.” Read more...

Dr. Dennis Ray Schneider, Vice President & Director of Research & Development for Micro-Bac International, Inc. responds to the claims. “Reports from studies that show that the methane produced in the BP oil spill was all eaten by bacteria in the ocean ignore a number of physical facts about hydrocarbons. First methane is relatively poorly soluble in water, At well head temperatures only about 40 mg/liter of water at the 4-8 degree C at the wellhead. This means most of the methane being produced did not dissolve in the water, but came to the surface as gas bubbles. Secondly, a significant fraction of the methane was dissolved in the oil and that methane was lost to the atmosphere where it was free to act as a greenhouse gas, be photo oxidized to carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide OR maybe get eaten by methylotrophic bacteria in the soil. Just because methylotrophic bacteria were found in the sea water doesn’t mean they were in contact with the methane to break it down. Suppressing data on greenhouse gas off gassing from the spill (methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide) is just another way of BP using research money to spin data to minimize the effects of the spill.”

 
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