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Ocean on Fire in the Gulf of Mexico

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Bright orange flames jumping out of water resembling molten lava was dubbed an "eye of fire" on social media due to the blaze's circular shape, as it raged a short distance from a Pemex oil platform.

The fire took more than five hours to fully put out, according to Pemex.

The fire began in an underwater pipeline that connects to a platform at Pemex's flagship Ku Maloob Zaap oil development, the company's most important, four sources told Reuters earlier.

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Crap.  If the pipeline is burning then it must be leaking.  No?  Burning oil might be better than just dumping it in the water like Deepwater Horizon.

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6 hours ago, oc1 said:

Crap.  If the pipeline is burning then it must be leaking.  No?  Burning oil might be better than just dumping it in the water like Deepwater Horizon.

Gas pipeline, not oil.

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An environmental problem of some kind is a given. Hopefully it's not as bad as an oil spill would be - those are damn persistent.

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2 hours ago, LB said:

 

Hey boss...the water is on fire.......

Boss:.....grab the firehoses and turn 'em to 10

 

But boss it's water...

 

Boss:  turn em to 11

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That looks like a methane fire.  Pipe joint leak?    Happens with natural gas wells on land as well.  The drilling into the gas pockets opens small fissures thru the shale that then find their way thru cracks etc to the surface or worse into locals water well seams and into the well pipe.  Pump turns on at just the right time and conditions can make things interesting for a second or two. 

 

Without searching I would be surprised if that fire was not put out within a day or two as that was a feed supply line leak not a well rupture.  Especially with the attention it seems to be getting via video..  Pemex is Mexico's State run oil/gas company.   Being burnt vs just released in raw form is far better environmentally. 

 

Honestly natural gas gets released in huge masses around the ocean all the time completely naturally.   It can do some crazy things when released in mass.

 

Bad leak with huge enviormental impact is actually from California of all places, since it likes its snob status on supposed enviormental protection, as it owns the worst methane leak release in USA history 5yrs ago in 2016. It released something around 97,000-105,000 tonnes of raw methane from its underground storage wells.   That makes the global warming effect exceeding that of the monsterous BP oil disaster in the gulf in 2010 . 
 

 

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