The BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill has generated loads of media coverage about the many dangers to our environment posed by offshore drilling. One very interesting doomsday scenario related to the oil spill is the potentially lethal build-up of methane levels in the Gulf of Mexico. This pent up methane could erupt at some point creating tidal waves and a massive explosive gas cloud. Something like a shaken champagne bottle being opened. Strange right?
But, these methane eruptions may have caused massive extinction events in the past. Just something else to kept in mind...
Doomsday: How BP Gulf disaster may have triggered a 'world-killing' event -- Ominous reports are leaking past the BP Gulf salvage operation news blackout that the disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico may be about to reach biblical proportions.
251 million years ago a mammoth undersea methane bubble caused massive explosions, poisoned the atmosphere and destroyed more than 96 percent of all life on Earth.  Experts agree that what is known as the Permian extinction event was the greatest mass extinction event in the history of the world...
History Channel Mega Disasters – Methane Explosion in the Gulf of Mexico