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Another big oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Songbird, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    74 miles south of Fourchon, Louisiana.

    On a positive note, there's a rainbow-colored sheen to the water, and who doesn't love rainbows?


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  2. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Story says natural gas, not oil. Whatever that means.
  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Natural gas doesn't cause an oil slick. There must be some oil mixed in.

    I just hope it's in shallow water, easy to get to and stop, and not a gusher like the BP oil spill.
  4. Here me roar

    Here me roar Guest

  5. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    You realize that's a 3-year-old file photo of the Deepwater Horizon rig, don't you?
  6. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    So I guess the thread title doesn't remotely resemble the truth.
  7. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Talos President Timothy S. Duncan said saltwater and small amounts of natural gas and the light oil-and-water mixture called condensate escaped the well. A light sheen is expected to evaporate.


    And a rainbow sheen that's 4 miles wide isn't exactly small.
  8. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    It's also not an oil spill.
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Why are there so many songs about rainbows? And what's on the other side?...
  10. Humungus

    Humungus Member

    because they're pretty to look at. and there's really nothing on the other side. it's an optical illusion. idiot.
  11. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    I don't know how thick a "sheen" is, but I am betting it's pretty damn small. Let's say, just for the purposes of this discussion, that a "sheen" is the thickness of a piece of 20 lb. paper (0.0038 in.)*. Let's further assume that this sheen is indeed 4 miles long by 3/4 of a mile wide. By my calculations, that's about 198,000 gallons (approximately) of fluid, which sounds like a helluva lot until you consider that an Olympic-size swimming pool holds about 660,000 gallons in it. Relatively speaking we are talking about a tiny amount of fluid.

    *I doubt it's even close to being that thick.
  12. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Kermit.
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