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  •  Earlier we saw them around the main riser (4+ / 0-)
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    After they tried to adjust the whole riser to pull out the diamond saw, they were very focused on the BOP bullseye level.

    At that point one ROV used a wand with what looked like marking "smoke" some white substance.  The substance was being sucked into the plumes and maybe back into the riser...

    Any idea what that may be?

    •  Dispersant. Yum (2+ / 0-)
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      by DawnN on Wed Jun 02, 2010 at 07:30:59 PM PDT

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      •  Here you go... fill your boots ;P (4+ / 0-)
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        http://www.nalco.com/...

        Are dispersants harmful to the environment? (UPDATED)
        Scientists and policymakers agree that the greatest threat to wildlife and vegetation is from the oil spilled in the Gulf. The dispersants being used to break apart the oil are safe and effective, and have been approved by the EPA. In fact, their basic properties are similar to detergents and other household cleaning products.

        Corexit contains six primary ingredients. Examples of everyday products with specific ingredients in common with COREXIT 9500 include:
        • One ingredient is used as a wetting agent in dry gelatin, beverage mixtures, and fruit juice drinks.
        • A second ingredient is used in a brand-name dry skin cream and also in a body shampoo.
        • A third ingredient is found in a popular brand of baby bath liquid.
        • A fourth ingredient is found extensively in cosmetics and is also used as a surface-active agent and emulsifier for agents used in food contact.
        • A fifth ingredient is used by a major supplier of brand name household cleaning products for "soap scum" removal.
        • A sixth ingredient is used in hand creams and lotions, odorless paints and stain blockers.

        The response effort is being led by team comprised of BP, the EPA, NOAA, the Coast Guard, the Department of the Interior and other officials. These response officials make the determination of how and when dispersants are utilized, based on factors such as weather, sea conditions and the composition of the oil. (They have established a special website for the latest updates on the response efforts: .) Dispersants are usually used on the surface of the ocean and distributed by aircraft flying over an oil spill. But government responders recently began injecting dispersants directly into the stream of oil emerging from the ocean floor. The EPA approved this tactic after conducting testing and analysis. Using dispersants underwater is a relatively new idea; the goal of such a technique is to break up and disperse the oil before it reaches the surface. Scientists and policymakers agree that the greatest threat to wildlife and vegetation is from the oil spilled in the Gulf. The dispersants being used to break apart the oil are safe and effective, and have been approved by the EPA. In fact, their basic properties are similar to detergents and other household cleaning products.

      •  It's what's for breakfast. (1+ / 0-)
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        by Yasuragi on Wed Jun 02, 2010 at 07:51:01 PM PDT

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    •  I think that would have been dispersant (5+ / 0-)
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      temptxan, Yasuragi, Jaygar, DawnN, Lorinda Pike

      They don't need no smoke tracer for water flow. The leaking BOP supplies that by itself.

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