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Will Dispersants be the Solution?

 
 
Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 03:35 pm
Let us pray that BP has found the answer.
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wandeljw
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 09:40 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
Dispersants have chemicals deemed dangerous by both the EPA and CDC.

I think the solution you are looking for is metaphysical, Gus. You waited until A2K absorbed an entire forum of philosophers before you finally posted a thread on the BP situation.
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Mame
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 10:25 pm
What the hell are you doing here, Gus?

Edit: My suggestion is to use Depends and Pampers to mop up the spill.
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 10:57 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
Maybe instead of dispersants, we need something that will coagulate the whole slimy mess into something heavier than water that will quietly slink away to the bottom of the sea. I don't know anyone who's fooling around at 5,000' below sea level anyway.

Really, I'm serious.
roger
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 10:58 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
gustavratzenhofer wrote:

Let us pray that BP has found the answer.


Just noticed the way you phrased that. You imply that BP might one day find it's ass with both hands.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jun, 2010 01:34 am
@roger,
roger wrote:

Maybe instead of dispersants, we need something that will coagulate the whole slimy mess into something heavier than water that will quietly slink away to the bottom of the sea. I don't know anyone who's fooling around at 5,000' below sea level anyway.

Really, I'm serious.



Lots of sea creatures are.

http://www.seasky.org/deep-sea/viperfish.html


http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/02/5000-amazing-undersea-species-discovered-marine-census.php









http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/david_gallo_shows_underwater_astonishments.html


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7z0tv_deep-sea-creatures_animals

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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2010 05:21 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
Not a solution - actually a suspension (chemistry nerd humor)

Dispersant is a contributor to another added problem. Toxicity of the dispersant -- perhaps even an airborne problem to anyone inhaling it.

So what happens to this waste oil if the tarballs etc. sink to the bottom or spread out further? There's still tens of millions of gallons of oil sitting in the ecosystem - waiting. Clearly dispersed doesn't mean removed. How do the ocean beds and micro-plankton get restored with with either the oil or the dispersant polluting them?

The dispersant is also toxic. It might take one good FL coast hurricane and the oil then spread and is lifted airborne, beyond Orlando FL, which is a considerable distance inland. This lifting was the case with Katrina and Hurricane Charlie the killer hurricane http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Charley
which destroyed 50-80% of Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte FL. about 6 yrs ago (damage cost was $15-17b) and killed (directly or indirectly) 30 people in US .
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Fri 2 Jul, 2010 04:06 pm
I would like to thank everyone who participated in this thread and also wish you all to have a nice day.
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