Posted: 11 Apr 2012 10:22 AM PDT
During the massive oil spill from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon well in 2010, it seemed at first like there might be a quick fix: a containment dome lowered onto the broken pipe to capture the flow so it could be pumped to the surface and disposed of properly. But that attempt quickly failed, because the dome almost instantly became clogged with frozen methane hydrate. Now a newly developed surface coatings could inhibit buildup of methane hydrates that can block deep-sea oil and gas wells.
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