Friday, August 20, 2010


Goddamn BP are even buying TV time and running sanctimonious commercials that attempt to claim the worse of oil has gone and all is going to be well. It’s not, and they would seem to be lying in their teeth. But what does anyone expect? For close to a century much of the world has been run either by – or for the benefit of – the bloody oil barons, and, right now, despite all that’s happened, little is being done to change that.

“Scientists have mapped a 22-mile plume of oil droplets from BP's rogue well in the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, providing the strongest evidence yet of the fate of the crude that spewed into the sea for months. The report offers the most authoritative challenge to date to White House assertions that most of the 5m barrels of oil that spewed into the Gulf is gone. "These results indicate that efforts to book-keep where the oil went must now include this plume," said Christopher Reddy one of the members of the team from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. The report, which is published in the journal Science, also said the plume was very slow to break down by natural forces, increasing the likelihood that oil could have travelled long distances in the Gulf before it was degraded. "Many people speculated that subsurface oil droplets were being easily degraded," said Richard Camilli, the lead author of the paper. "Well we didn't find that. We found it was still there." (Click here for the rest of the story)

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