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  •  It sounds from the reports (9+ / 0-)

    that this stuff is heavier than water, so it would sink, and pass under any booms they lay out. I suppose even in that case some lighter fraction would separate and you'd at least get a slick or a sheen on water surfaces.

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    by Orinoco on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 05:30:17 PM PDT

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    •  Depends on what "this stuff" is. (9+ / 0-)

      This isn't tar sands oil like they dig out of the ground with heavy shovels. It is similar heavy crude, but it is produced by injecting water and solvents and then pumped out of a well. Same basic stuff. Lots of asphaltenes. They mix it with lighter oils prior to putting it in the pipeline. Most of it will float on water and I've seen pictures of people using skimmers to remove oil from water in a ditch in the neighborhood.

      There may be components that would separate and sink. I don't know. With any spill that could possibly enter a body of water (not just this heavy stuff) most states sample not only the water, but take lake-bed samples at regular intervals for some time.

      There are some natural soaps in most waters that will sink small portions of even the lightest oils - like that dispersant bullshit, but not as bad.

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      by Fishgrease on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 05:43:55 PM PDT

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