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Is It Raining Oil In Louisiana?

Is It Raining Oil In Louisiana?

Is it raining oil in River Ridge, Louisiana?  It’s not impossible. Arguments against the idea that oil can end up in rainfall are based upon the premise that oil does not evaporate. Except, oil does evaporate–not at the same rate as water for instance, but oil does evaporate. Several sources confirm this:

Evaporation of Oil Spills” by Merv Fingas, MMS

Light Crude Oil Information for Health Professionals” CDC

Oil Behavior and Toxicity” NOAA

And check out MSNBC’s great graphic illustating the eight “weathering” aspects of an oil spill and how they change in importance over time.  20% to 60% of crude oil evaporates during the weathering process.

What could be happening is that it’s raining oil chemical dispersant. From Care2 blogger Beth Buczynski’s “BP’s Dispersant Could Cause Toxic Rain All Over East Coast

“Dr. Remata Reddy, who studies and teaches tropical meteorology at Jackson State University:

Tropical storms usually form in the far eastern Atlantic early in the season. But as the Gulf heats and the oil continues to spill into the open waters, that concern and storm potential will grow together, Reddy said.As oil evaporates and comes into contact with a tropical storm, the chances of acid rain falling within the storm are possible, Reddy said.

This resident of River Ridge, Louisiana claims that there was no oil in the recent rainfall.

Who’s right? Who knows. But it’s clear that toxic rain is possible whether from oil or the chemical dispersants BP is using in its clean up efforts.

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2:32AM PDT on Jul 20, 2010

thanks.

11:41AM PDT on Jul 9, 2010

Oil is bad enough but the idea that the toxic dispersant could be distributed through rainfall doubles the scare. I live in Florida. Now I am afraid of the rain here... What will it bring?

12:20AM PDT on Jul 2, 2010

It is unthinkable that we still find new reasons not to allow any repeat any, oil to be drilled off-shore!
Raining oil in Louisiana? What is next!

11:15AM PDT on Jul 1, 2010

To Holly Marcyoniak....and why may I ask is the U.S. not able to wean itself off of oil. WTF....we've had 37 years to do so. Do you remember the Arab Oil Embargo? If we had made the decision then to explore and develop CLEAN, SAFE, RENEWABLE energy sources instead of living snuggly in the "pockets" of BIG OIL (which I might like to point out owes its allegiance to NO ONE!),
perhaps we'd all be driving methane powered cars, heating and cooling our homes with wind, water or solar power, finding other materials to replace PLASTIC. BP and every other oil company is not interested in making our world a better place. THEY'RE INTERESTED IN MAKING AS MUCH MONEY AS THEY POSSIBLY CAN FOR AS LONG AS THEY CAN....i.e., until that black "devil" goo runs out.

Please stop defending these greed-driven organizations. They should all be brought up on criminal charges and thrown in jail.

12:09PM PDT on Jun 30, 2010

Can he test the water in the dog bowl?

7:32AM PDT on Jun 30, 2010

WHEN WE HAVE A DISTASTEROUS PLANE CRASH WE DON'T GROUND "ALL PLANES" YES, PRECAUTIONS NEED TO BE TAKEN, ESP. BP CUT TOO MANY CORNERS TO SAVE $$$- BUT WE DO NEED TO BE DRILLING FOR OIL. THE U.S. IS NOT ABLE, AT THIS TIME, TO GET OFF OIL IN ADDITION, SINCE OUR CHECK BOOK HAS BEEN DEPLETED, WE NEED TO DRILL FOR,OIL !!!!

7:28AM PDT on Jun 30, 2010

IF WASHINGTON D C HAD ACCEPTED THE ASSISTANCE OFFERED, "THE WHALE" COULD BE OUT THERE SUCKING UP THAT OIL FROM THE BEGINNING BUT NOOOOO, THAT WOULD BE TOO MUCH COMMON SENSE !!

9:18PM PDT on Jun 29, 2010

idk!!! well see what the hurricane brings!!

8:43PM PDT on Jun 29, 2010

Antony T. This is the first time in history that an incident of this magnitude has happened. This is the first time man has gotten so greedy and performed such a self-serving, greedy, careless act. It is unfair to try to compare the oil spill with anything in past history.

9:40PM PDT on Jun 28, 2010

There was a report by the Russian Environment Minister to the Russian Premier that predicted storms carrying toxic oil and the far more toxic dispersants inland and sterilising everything from microscopic bacteria up...
The reason i give the Russians credibility is because they are not owned by BP and Halliburton and have no vested interest in deceiving the victims of corporate criminal negligence aided and abetted by corrupt politicians on the state and federal gravy trains. Bloody ironic when your enemies words are more trustworthy than your leaders...

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