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  •  The big question is where they are coming from (2+ / 0-)
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    Are they coming from the sea floor in the formation around the well or from the well itself.

    I was watching the feed about 4 hours ago and there was whitish stream coming from the side of the riser below the cluster of leaks. Shortly afterwards, an ROV appeared and was closely looking at the area. Someone at The Oil Drum commented it looked like hydrates were also mixed in the mud streaming out of the leaks.

    Sure does not seem like things are going as planned.

    Please help the people of Haiti

    by DWG on Fri May 28, 2010 at 06:41:49 AM PDT

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    •  If the hydrates can block (4+ / 0-)
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      ovals49, lightfoot, DWG, Onomastic

      up the dome, can't they block up the pipe and help stop the leak? Or do they just get in the way of the mud?

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      by Overseas on Fri May 28, 2010 at 06:45:30 AM PDT

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      •  If it is coming from the well (1+ / 0-)
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        they do not flow capped. Maybe they took down the pressure of the drilling mud to see if would hold.

        That one ROV is hovering around 1400 meters and seems to be looking down. If those are hydrates, then they are dispersed nearly 700 feet off the sea floor.

        Please help the people of Haiti

        by DWG on Fri May 28, 2010 at 06:55:36 AM PDT

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      •  Now that's some wishful thinking! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        by ovals49 on Fri May 28, 2010 at 06:55:59 AM PDT

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      •  The plume is geothermally warmed since (3+ / 0-)
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        the reservoir is deep under the ocean floor. The ocean is very cold, roughly around 5C.  So the gas needs time to cool and combine with water to form the methane hydrates. I would imagine that the methane hydrates keep falling out of the plume as it rises from the ocean floor to some significant height before all of the methane is either "snowed out" or dissolved in the seawater. As a result, there is most likely an accumulation of methane hydrates on the ocean floor as well. Kind of like an underwater methane hydrate snowstorm.

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