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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 06:46 PM

Coast Guard: "Unidentified Substance" Leaking from BP's Deepwater Horizon

Source: CBS News

Coast Guard: "Unidentified substance" leaking from BP's Deepwater Horizon
December 18, 2012

An "unidentified substance inconsistent with oil" is emitting from several areas of BP's Deepwater Horizon rig wreckage, but no sources of leaking oil were identified. That's according to the Coast Guard, which oversaw BP's recent week-long mission to inspect the undersea wells and wreckage from the 2010 explosion.

The exact content of the leaking substance and how much is coming out is one mystery. But if it's not oil, then it means the source of recurring oil sheens that have recently been spotted around the Deepwater Horizon site remains unknown.
"No apparent source of the surface sheen has been discovered


Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57559903/coast-guard-unidentified-substance-leaking-from-bps-deepwater-horizon

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Reply Coast Guard: "Unidentified Substance" Leaking from BP's Deepwater Horizon (Original post)
Hissyspit Dec 2012 OP
jody Dec 2012 #1
dipsydoodle Dec 2012 #2
jody Dec 2012 #6
dipsydoodle Dec 2012 #10
jody Dec 2012 #11
JackRiddler Dec 2012 #36
kentauros Dec 2012 #3
AtheistCrusader Dec 2012 #7
AldoLeopold Dec 2012 #12
AtheistCrusader Dec 2012 #18
jody Dec 2012 #9
kentauros Dec 2012 #37
Cleita Dec 2012 #4
jody Dec 2012 #15
TheMadMonk Dec 2012 #32
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #34
defacto7 Dec 2012 #35
glinda Dec 2012 #5
Cleita Dec 2012 #13
glinda Dec 2012 #23
underpants Dec 2012 #8
valerief Dec 2012 #14
Cleita Dec 2012 #17
jberryhill Dec 2012 #16
Cleita Dec 2012 #19
jberryhill Dec 2012 #31
Poll_Blind Dec 2012 #20
Cleita Dec 2012 #22
cliffordu Dec 2012 #21
Zorra Dec 2012 #24
Heywood J Dec 2012 #25
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #26
Turbineguy Dec 2012 #27
kentauros Dec 2012 #38
denverbill Dec 2012 #28
Fearless Dec 2012 #29
Arctic Dave Dec 2012 #30
htuttle Dec 2012 #33
Odin2005 Dec 2012 #39

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 06:49 PM

1. "Unidentified Substance" is that PC for crude oil now? nt

 

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Response to jody (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:02 PM

2. Article makes it clear its not oil.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:11 PM

6. Understand but I no longer believe much or almost anything of what the media tries to force on me.

 

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Response to jody (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:16 PM

10. In which case

why not assume nothing is leaking.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #10)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:20 PM

11. No, I was on the Gulf Coast last week and I'm really worried about the long term BP damage.

 

I live in LA aka Lower Alabama.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:18 PM

36. Inconclusive. Article also makes it clear there is oil...

on the surface, from somewhere. That's why they looked at the drill site in the first place.

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Response to jody (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:02 PM

3. Considering that it's "inconsistent with oil",

my educated guess is that it's either drilling "mud" or some kind of sealant that never set up correctly.

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Response to kentauros (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:11 PM

7. Potentially methane hydrates.

Could be a steady flow of some muck, then occasional blurbs of oil, causing intermittent sheens.

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:21 PM

12. Don't methane hydrates sublimate

when the crystalline candy coating falls apart?

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Response to AldoLeopold (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:26 PM

18. Yep.

That would be inconsistent with oil, I guess.

Be nice if they'd share a video feed again. Just looking at it would give a pretty good idea what the deal is.

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Response to kentauros (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:12 PM

9. 6. Understand but I no longer believe much or almost anything of what the media tries to force on me

 

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Response to jody (Reply #9)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:17 AM

37. In this instance, it's a direct quote from the US Coast Guard,

"unidentified substance inconsistent with oil", so I'm inclined to believe them

Or, I could ask people I know that work in offshore technology and engineering, see what say.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:06 PM

4. Oh Merry Xmas. On top of all our grief this season, we have to

look forward to another possible oil spill?

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Response to Cleita (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:24 PM

15. Cletia, makes one almost want to believe the so called Mayan prophecy of 21 December 2012 is correct

 

If there is a God then she/he failed when creating humans.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:08 PM

32. If it is mud or mispoured sealant, could be more fun.

 

There might be a blowout working its way to the surface.

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Response to TheMadMonk (Reply #32)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:08 PM

34. there was MUCH talk after the blowout

when BP was trying to stop the oil pouring out of the pipe on the floor of the Gulg
that there were actually fractures in the floor which were oozing oil.

did not hear muc about it after awhile.
Dunno what it meansbut
I DO know they fucked up the Gulf Coast air, land and water and there is no way to "fix" it while all those wells and abandoned pipes are covering the floor of the Gulf.

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Response to TheMadMonk (Reply #32)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:15 PM

35. That's what I think....

Add a bit of methane seepage gathering beneath the plug.... we have lift off. These wells are way over our technological heads, let alone above our ethical ability to construct and secure.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:09 PM

5. blood

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Response to glinda (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:22 PM

13. Mother Earth's blood? Could make sense. n/t

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Response to Cleita (Reply #13)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:42 PM

23. yup

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:12 PM

8. I know what it is or at least a sign of



Time to call in the Japanese Army

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Response to underpants (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:24 PM

14. That would be relief it were him!!!

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Response to underpants (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:25 PM

17. Send all the NRA members and their arsenals after that.

It will give them something to do. It might solve our problem too.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:25 PM

16. Oh, it's probably something wonderful!

Like fish food, or barbecue sauce.

Gee.... I wonder WTF it could be? I hope it's something good!

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #16)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:26 PM

19. Have you had your supper yet? eom

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Response to Cleita (Reply #19)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:01 PM

31. Lousiana fish fry - you don't even need oil or butter

From the gulf to the pan - boom.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:26 PM

20. I don't buy that it's not oil. SOMETHING'S making that sheen on the surface.

Ain't coming from shrimp rubbing up against each other.

PB

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Response to Poll_Blind (Reply #20)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:42 PM

22. Even if it's the sealant falling apart or the mud, it could be the

oil is underneath trying to push through and leak. I think BP knows this too but don't want to admit it until they have to.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:38 PM

21. Can't be oil. They fixed that, right??

Must be weasel piss or some foreign liquid.

Maybe the rendered remains of the brains of BP executives.

Mad clown disease made real.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:46 PM

24. I'm having one of those "Oh, shit" moments. Maybe

they just hit one of Mother Earth's main arteries, and she's bleeding out.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:48 PM

25. Fracking fluid? Lubricants?

Did BP pump anything else down the hole that might be coming back up?

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:52 PM

26. I know what it is, it's BP's left over BS! n/t

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:54 PM

27. There are 6 diesel engines

each with a lube oil capacity listed at 4300 liters.

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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #27)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:23 AM

38. That's a good possibility.

As I recall from going to Offshore Technology Conferences in the past, anything that has to remain underwater has to be coated in something to withstand the constant attack from the salt water. I still have some Teflon coated bolts from one of them. Those engines were built to work above the water, so those reservoirs have likely corroded by now.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:55 PM

28. I hope it's either beer or chocolate. God only knows what this unidentified substance could be?

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:57 PM

29. Mmhmm... but all the comercials talk about BP being soooooo good to the Gulf...

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:58 PM

30. If it is leaking from the rig and not the well

 

it could be hydraulic fluid or diesel.

My guess would be hydraulic fluid.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:17 PM

33. Black blood of the earth

Jack Burton: That is not water.
Egg Shen: Black blood of the earth.
Jack Burton: Do you mean oil?
Egg Shen: I mean black blood of the earth.


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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 08:46 AM

39. "Unidentified" my ass!!!

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