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Hold your breath. Your life may depend on it, by Chris Landau

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I would like to discuss one chemical in the crude oil and in the gasoline that we put into our gas tanks everyday.

That liquid is benzene.

I would also like to mention one gaseous compound that will probably be released in ever greater quantities as the well structure disintegrates over the next few months.

That gas is hydrogen sulfide. If the well intersected, a giant fault zone high in this gas, we will begin to smell more of it. It can be a lethal gas at 400 ppm (parts per million)

BENZENE

That chemical is benzene. I will discuss the other chemicals over the next few days, but this one is so carcinogenic, I am surprised that it has not been banned from gasoline.

But let us get the knowledge out there, so fore-armed is forewarned.

Anybody who doubts how carcinogenic benzene is, please go to the government website for The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The link is below

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg/npgd0049.html

At sea level pressures, similar to those found on the Gulf of Mexico, the following events will be occurring.

Benzene melts from a solid at 42 degrees F.

Water melts from a solid (ice) at 32 degrees F.

Benzene boils away completely at 176 degrees F.

Water boils away at 212 degrees F.

It is easier to get most benzene into a gaseous or vapor state at 90 to 100 degrees F, the summer temperatures of the Gulf than water. It is all gas at a lower temperature than water.

Our NIOSH pocket guidebook also tells us that the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in parts per million of benzene that we should not exceed is only 1(one) part per million. This is about 500 to a 1000 times lower than most other chemicals found in crude oil and our gasoline.

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I was born in South Africa in 1958. I came to the USA with my wife and three daughters in 2003. We became US citizens in 2009 and 2010. My wife Susan is a Special Education English Teacher. She also has a bachelor's degree in Micro anatomy and (more...)
 
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Benzene and hydrogen sulfide are the two killer ga... by Chris Landau on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 6:47:17 AM
was two fold but I helped test the Reformulated Ga... by Michael Morris on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 6:52:18 AM
Gee planets at least this one are well constructed... by Theresa Paulfranz on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 10:10:29 AM
Hi TheresaAs Stephen Hawking said. I am not so sur... by Chris Landau on Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 9:11:21 PM
You might want to comment on the information discu... by boomerang on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 11:47:31 AM
Chris and Boomerang,I came to the same conclusions... by Paul from Potomac on Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 2:07:23 PM
This does not bode well for any creatures impacted... by boomerang on Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 9:57:29 PM
Hi PaulI would bring many more chemical test stati... by Chris Landau on Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 9:56:04 PM
Chris,NASA has satellites that can measure three-d... by Paul from Potomac on Thursday, Jun 24, 2010 at 6:49:14 AM
It is a good article and worth reading it for a te... by Chris Landau on Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 1:24:52 PM
A friend of mine made a comment when news of that ... by Donald on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 12:17:37 PM
Hi DonaldI agree. Give the ocean a miss in the sou... by Chris Landau on Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 9:47:22 PM
should our President detain the BP leadership in t... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 1:09:07 PM
Hi MarkI would agree as long as they pay for their... by Chris Landau on Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 9:31:59 PM
In 1948 I took a bus from Chattanooga to Knoxville... by Margaret Bassett on Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 10:13:08 PM
Hi MargaretYou are a great writer. Have you publis... by Chris Landau on Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 9:03:05 PM
Be careful what you eat. Even if fish, shrimp, etc... by Debbie S on Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 2:54:55 PM
Hi DebraI think we will all be vegetarians soon. P... by Chris Landau on Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 at 8:53:38 PM