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No, not really: No methane gas explosion in the Gulf, no tidal waves destroying Florida... - Jen's Blog
July 14th, 2010
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No, not really: No methane gas explosion in the Gulf, no tidal waves destroying Florida...
Apparently the press is finally trying to check if this is a real risk or just a crazy theory; thankfully there've been a bunch of articles out this week debunking it. Here's what I found.

(Of course this is still a terrible disaster, but not quite THAT over-the-top terrible, at least...)

Here's the most frequently quoted basis for the scary theory, Gregory Ryskin from NW Univ.
http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/news/archives/313

But he has since clarified that he doesn't think his theories are relevant to the current situation:
http://www.businessinsider.com/gregory-ryskin-methane-2010-7

And this analysis gives a mostly non-panic-inducing picture:
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/busting-gulf-oil-spill-myths/story?id=11069605\
(Although some of the other things they discuss as the basis for this myth are less than ideal.)

According to Gary Byerly, a geologist at Louisiana State University:
"The idea that there could be a catastrophic cave in, or a methane gas explosion, that's not a reasonable worry. [...] The rock formations on top of this oil deposit have enough strength that nothing like that is going to happen."

I found similar quotes elsewhere. So... good.

That said, the high methane levels from this particular spill aren't great for the local ecosystem:
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2221822720100622

Of course, neither is the oil. But we knew that.

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From:ladybrick
Date:July 15th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
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I'm glad my entire family in FL isn't going to die!
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