Volume 92 Issue 20 | p. 30 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 19, 2014

Fate Of Gulf Oil Spill Methane Reexamined

Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: Deepwater Horizon, Macondo, Gulf of Mexico, oil spill, methane, methanotroph

Methane released into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank in April 2010 may not have been as quickly consumed by oceangoing microbes as previously thought. Methane was the single most abundant compound by mole in the mix of oil and gas released into the Gulf. One initial study of water samples collected after the spill indicated that the methane was largely confined to a deep plume 1 km . . .

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