Top scientist: Only one ship testing methane levels in Gulf, NOAA hiding results; Amount is “just startlingly high”
UGA SCIENTIST: TOO LITTLE RESEARCH ON GASES AT OIL DISASTER SITE IN GULF, Sunday Paper, June 29, 2010:
[UGA marine scientist Samantha Joye] notes “I have read the reports from NOAA and I have yet to see methane measurements.”
She says “the biggest hole [in research on the disaster] is the gas data.” …
Joye says the amount of methane that’s getting into the air is unknown because only one ship is actually doing any measuring of gases in the air.
“BP affirms that it [methane] has seeped into the atmosphere, as if it doesn’t matter,” says Joye. “But it’s a potent greenhouse gas. We don’t have enough data right now.”
She continues “There is an under-appreciation of how much gas is coming out of this well… Methane is a huge fraction of what is coming out of this well.”
Joye, whose background is in chemistry, says when she and her colleagues got out their calculators and started looking at the measures of gas produced by the ruptured BP well-head, “the numbers we came up with are just startlingly high.”