BP oil not degrading on Gulf floor, study says

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Auburn University said Tuesday that its study shows the tar that hit Alabama beaches earlier this month appeared relatively fresh and unchanged from when oil first poured into the Gulf during the spill.

The study concludes that mats of oil are still submerged on the seabed, and it says the material could pose a long-term threat to coastal ecosystems.

BP isn't commenting on the study. The company is cleaning the beaches.


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  • by Buck on Sep 23, 2011 at 09:58 AM
    REALLY!! I’ll be the first to admit I am not the sharpest crayon in the box but even a simpleton like me can do the math on the estimates of oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico. Not all agree on the exact amount of oil spilled but it is a moot point because ALL (perhaps with the exception of BP) agree it was an enormous amount! According to one source there were 5.2 million barrels “spilled” and 800,000 barrels were “captured.” This leaves about 4.4 million barrels (185 million US gallons). Now do I believe that the “magic dispersant” removed 4.4 million gallons of oil? Nope! I personally believe there is a carpet of oil on the Gulf floor destroying the marine life and their habitat and in the near future we will have to deal with the results of this colossal fiasco. As for now….out of sight….out of mind…right? Perhaps we should entertain some new names for our future Gulf. Let me start: The New” Black” Sea, The Western Dead Sea, The 10W/30 Sea, The Gulf of Globs, The Sea of Ineptitude…well you get the picture….feel free to submit your own!
  • by Ralph Location: Florida on Sep 20, 2011 at 04:54 PM
    I told ya, I told ya ! You knew that a zillion gallons of oil that came from that oil spill wasn't all cleaned up. It's lying on the ocean floor just waiting to make a mess everytime we have a hurricane. Who knows how long it will take for all of it to surface ?
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