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The Giant Cloud of Oil Hiding in the Gulf

Posted on Aug 20, 2010
U.S. Coast Guard / Ensign Michael P. McGrew

Out of sight, out of mind? Much of BP’s spilled oil never made it to the surface.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is raining on Uncle Sam and BP’s well-capping parade. Researchers at the institute say a 22-mile-long, 1.2-mile-wide oil plume deep under the Gulf’s surface is degrading much slower than the government’s more optimistic claims.

Boston Globe:

By the Woods Hole researchers’ calculations, the plume probably still exists today, but government officials said their more recent observations indicate the oil is quickly being degraded by microbes.

The Woods Hole researchers tracked a 1.2-mile-wide cloud of diluted oil and gas, more than 3,000 feet under the surface and starting about 3 miles from the wellhead. They reported in the journal Science that the plume was degrading very slowly in the cold, dark depths, worrying researchers that the pollutants could spell harm for marine life.

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By rollzone, August 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment

hello. corporatist greed dominates sympathies, and
minimizing the financial pains of so many
stockholders, is far nobler to political coffers:
than siding with everyman tax payer. computer
projections for the next year are devastating, claims
could go astronomical: and BP still totters closer to
devaluation. good PR propaganda will criminally
profit the company beyond payouts, and media control
is key. there have been reported ongoing fracture
leaks, the blowout preventer has never been sealed,
the dispersant has resulted in deception, and
alternative energy is mocked again. the whole
incident of the worst catastrophe in our history is
being minimized into containment, beyond pollution.
humanity is the only solution for globalist agenda.

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By Queenie, August 20, 2010 at 9:30 am Link to this comment

I don’t see how anyone in their right mind can say that environmentalists would be “happy” about this study. Actually, it tells me what I suspected all along and that is that all the feelgood messages from BP, the administration, and the MSM have been lies.

If all this toxic brew remains it will cause the death and possible near extinction of many species. I am especially concerned about the billion or so shore birds and other migrating birds who use the gulf as a stopover or as a winter home. It will take decades to fully grasp the damage caused and the lives lost for many species including homo sapiens because of this ongoing disaster.

The “whiners” are the ones who would deny the rest of us the truth.

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By The Donkey Edge, August 20, 2010 at 9:25 am Link to this comment

Rico, you simply don’t get it. Your comment is glib in the extreme. I don’t know any environmental activist (or human being for that matter) that is “happy about the study results”. I certainly am not.

We’ve been covering this closely on our blog and have seen the impact this spill and “cleanup” is having on the citizens of the gulf. 25% of those living within 10 miles of the coastline in Louisiana and Mississippi have moved or are planning to move because their way of life is over. Or would you simply call them “quitters”?

I suggest you read this post and see how the poor and the children of the gulf are going to be affected for a generation or more. Or am I just a “whiner” for bringing it up?

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By rico, suave, August 20, 2010 at 5:41 am Link to this comment

I get the feeling that the enviros are almost happy about the study results. It allows them to whine even louder about how wicked humanity is the curse of the planet.

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