Thursday, August 19, 2010

22-Mile-Long Plume Discovered

Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute have discovered a plume of oil under the surface of the Ocean spanning 22 miles long. The oil, apparently driven below the surface by BP's heavy application of Corexit dispersant in the Gulf, is not breaking down.

This completely contradicts what BP and the U.S. Government have been telling us about the amount of oil still in the Ocean; it wasn't long ago that both parties were telling us that the oil had somehow magically disappeared and that citizens should go back to business as usual, go swimming, and eat seafood again.

This all comes at the same time as three reports that further debunk the official myth that the Gulf is all cleaned up:

  • Scientists from the University of Georgia have now gone on record as estimating that about 3/4 of the oil from the BP disaster is still there, it's just hidden below the surface.

  • Meanwhile, the University of South Florida has announced they've found oil coalescing in the underwater Desoto canyon - at levels toxic to marine life. David Hollander, a chemical oceanographer at USF, told CNN that "small larval fish see these droplets as food so they’re ingesting pure oil".

  • And finally, the Guardian is reporting that "Ian MacDonald, an oceanographer at Florida State University, said the White House accounting for the oil is misleading and that only 10% of the oil that spewed into the Gulf has been removed from the ocean."