Yes, the oil’s still there–and spreading (2 items)

No doubt you remember this:

WASHINGTON – The government is expected to announce on Wednesday that three-quarters of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak has already evaporated, dispersed, been captured or otherwise eliminated – and that much of the rest is so diluted that it does not seem to pose much additional risk of harm.

Thus the NYTimes reported on 8/5 (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/04/science/earth/04oil.html).

Well, here’s some news that’s far more credible, from two teams of academic scientists, one at the University of Georgia, the other at the University of South Florida.

Kudos to CNN for highlighting the latter’s work. Now let’s see if these findings resonate as loudly as that blast of propaganda from the government.

MCM

UGA report: Vast majority of Gulf oil remains
By STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS – Athens Banner-Herald

University of Georgia marine scientists say that nearly 80 percent of the oil released into Gulf of Mexico from BP’s blown out Deepwater Horizon well has not been recovered and remains a threat to the Gulf’s ecosystem.

The leaking well, which ruptured from an April 20 explosion that killed 11 workers, was sealed July 15, when BP finished closing up a cap mounted on top of the well. Reportedly, no oil has seeped out since.

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Plumes of Gulf oil spreading east on sea floor
By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) — A new report set to be released Tuesday renews concerns about the long-term environmental impact of the Gulf Coast oil disaster, and efforts to permanently plug the ruptured BP oil well have been delayed again.

Researchers at the University of South Florida have concluded that oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill may have settled to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico further east than previously suspected — and at levels toxic to marine life.

Initial findings from a new survey of the Gulf conclude that dispersants may have sent droplets of crude to the ocean floor, where it has turned up at the bottom of an undersea canyon within 40 miles of the Florida Panhandle. The results are scheduled to be released Tuesday, but CNN obtained a summary of the initial conclusions Monday night.

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