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BP……WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?. DeepWater Horizon Oil Spill. Timeline. Deepwater Horizon floating rig exploratory drilling 50 miles southeast of Venice water nearly 1 mile deep only 40-50 rigs in Gulf drilling this deep April 20, 2010 – explosion – methane gas - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • BPWHAT HAVE YOU DONE?DeepWater Horizon Oil Spill

  • TimelineDeepwater Horizon floating rig exploratory drilling 50 miles southeast of Venicewater nearly 1 mile deep only 40-50 rigs in Gulf drilling this deepApril 20, 2010 explosion methane gasApril 22, 2010 rig topples, oil begins to leak from well in sea floorBlow-out preventer failedThree leaks, one has been sealed

  • Current situationAs of ???????????? gallons of oil have been released into the gulf. Exxon Valdez in 1989 was 11 million gallonsAttempted to place large funnel over leak on Saturday 5/8 Gas-water crystals cloggedMitigation: booms, skimming, burning, dispersants (bad weather disrupts)Oil started showing up on shore over the weekend

  • What next for BP?As of July 15 the leak has been capped. Future ???????? $$$$$$

  • BIODEGRADATION OF OIL BYBACTERIA

  • BACTERIA AND MICROBES ARE THE ONLY THINGS THAT WILL ULTIMATELY CLEAN UP (NOT JUST MOVE AROUND) THE ONGOING OIL SPILL IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

  • There are billions of hydrocarbon chewing microbes

  • BACTERIA ARE ABLE TO MAKE THEIR OWN SURFACTANT ( reduces surface tension)

  • DispersantsSeparates the oil into smaller dropletsDispersed throughout the water columnPrevent surface slick affects beaches, marshes, animals immediate damageDoes not destroy or eliminate oil dilutes and alters until natural degradation Where does it go? complex currents, water vs sedimentWhat does it do? food chain, toxicity

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