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izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-13-10 10:19 AM
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9. Unlikely
The rain from a hurricane is not sea water that it picked up from the ocean. The water has to evaporate and condense in the clouds to form raindrops. Benzene or hexane or whatever else in the floating oil that evaporates is not going to condense in the clouds and make it rain gasoline. Oh sure, the rain will be contaminated, but not to the point where your rain barrel has a layer of gasoline floating on it. I wouldn't rule out the rain barrel smelling like a gas station though (human noses are pretty sensitive). As far as the ugly brown mess, that is the less volatile fraction of the crude oil and it's not going up into the atmosphere to condense and fall down far inland. The farthest it will get is from the force of the wind, maybe a couple hundred yards onshore.

One thing a hurricane will do is to spread the oil, which will make it easier for microbes in the environment to digest it. Any bacteria or fungi in Louisiana that can metabolize oil are going to do real well in the coming months.
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