This Independent article is far more candid than the one in today’s NYTimes, which plays down both the scale of the disaster (that piece, which appears on p. A13, doesn’t mention the plume’s giant dimensions) and the starkness with which these new findings contradict the US government’s
report of two weeks ago. (Not to put too fine a point on it, the new findings, from Woods Hole, expose the NOAA report as utter bullshit.)
The Times piece: “Oil Plume Is Not Breaking Down Fast, Study Says“.
And if you’re in the mood for further press analysis, check out the Wall Street Journal’s article –a front-page article–which, while not as vivid as the British piece (below), is stronger than the Times’ coverage: “Oil Plume From Spill Persists, Data Show“.
Plume of oil 650ft high found in Gulf waters
By Steve Connor
Scientists have detected a large underwater “plume” of oil from the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico last April, which spilled almost 5 million barrels of oil into the sea until the leak was successfully capped last month.
The discovery of a 650ft-high plume of hydrocarbon chemicals some 22 miles long by 1.2 miles wide, and 3,000ft below the surface of the Gulf, helps to answer the question of where the oil from the disaster has gone.