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Oceans Away

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Julia Whitty, author of Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean and environmental correspondent for Mother Jones, talks about her new book about oceans in light of the BP disaster.

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g.e.Taylor from Bklyn., NY

from May 13,2010 NY Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/14/world/americas/14venez.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=gas%20platform%20sank%20off%20Venezuela%20&st=cse

" . . . James Opaluch, a professor of natural resource economics at the University of Rhode Island, said he would need more information before being able to gauge the possible impact of the sinking on the surrounding waters. He did say that accidents involving natural gas rigs generally pose less of an environmental threat than oil rigs since natural gas rises to the atmosphere while oil can float on water. . . "

It may seems that Professor Opaluch has a different opinion than Ms. Whitty concerning the toxicity of "gas" pollution in the deep ocean.
Not that we need to worry.
We have the assurances of Venezuelan energy officials said " . . . that there would be no harm since security mechanisms were quickly put in place to stop any leaking."
(Not clear whether this is a reference to President Chavez's ability to prevent the leak of hydrocarbons or of information)
The always energetic and vigorous press has not contradicted these officials.
Move along people, nothing to see here.

Jul. 29 2010 12:11 PM
Chuck from Brooklyn

Where did the oil go? I thought dispersants should not be used that far off shore. Could the oil be caught in under currents and pop up all over?

Jul. 29 2010 11:46 AM
Meg from Richmond Hill, GA

Could we somehow suck up or collect these floating underwater clouds of oil?

Jul. 29 2010 11:45 AM
Jake

How will the oil disappear if they do not use the dispersants? Is there a natural way for it to happen?

Jul. 29 2010 10:52 AM

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