Raining Oil, Methane Hot Spots, & Public Support Wanes for Drilling: Morning Roundup, June 25, 2010

Good morning. These are some of the stories we’ll be tracking today and in the days to come:

BP shares slide as oil spill bill climbs to $2.35bn: Shares in BP hit a 14-year low this morning after the oil giant revealed that its bill for containing and cleaning up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico had climbed to $2.35bn; The Guardian (UK)

It’s Raining Oil in Lousiana: Except, oil does evaporate–not at the same rate as water for instance, but oil does evaporate. Several sources confirm this. The Christian Science Monitor

Public Support for Offshore Drilling Plummets: Overwhelming majority support strong action to cut fossil fuel use, advance clean energy. Climate Progress

Not just oil: Methane gas may cause ‘dead zones’ in Gulf: Levels of methane in deep-ocean waters near the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are 10,000 to 100,000 times higher than normal, and in some very hot spots approaching 1 million times above what would be normal. USA Today

NOAA Gulf of Mexico oil spill trajectory forecasts: The Times-Picayune

And for a little levity:

BP Develops Technology to Convert Lies into Energy: In what is being called a game-changer for the embattled oil company, British Petroleum announced today that it has developed a new technology to convert lies into energy. The Borowitz Report


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One response to “Raining Oil, Methane Hot Spots, & Public Support Wanes for Drilling: Morning Roundup, June 25, 2010

  1. Great stuff you’ve posted. Watch the methane angle , which looks to be an underreported but crucial part of the leaks, possibly more dangerous than the oil itself. Methane occurs naturally at places at the bottom of the Gulf, forms an environmentally nasty hydrate when exposed for modest periods to water. Methane by itself of course contributes to global warming and if large quantities move from the bottom of the Gulf to the surface and then the air above the surface, there’s a whole other disaster.
    Frank Popper
    Rutgers and Princeton Universities

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