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NOAA Says Sediment on Gulf Floor Not Visibly Oiled

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

New Orleans, LA (AP) - Federal scientists said Thursday they had not
found any visible oil on the sea floor around the BP PLC well that
spewed hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of
Mexico. Other scientists say they have found a layer of oil on the
sea floor.
Janet Baran, a scientist with the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration coordinating efforts to find what oil is
left in Gulf, said no visible oil had been found on 114 sediment
samples in waters more than 3 miles offshore.
NOAA's findings are in contrast to those of University of
Georgia researcher Samantha Joye, who reported earlier this month
that she found oil at least two inches thick about a mile beneath
the surface. Joye said that under the oiled sediment she found a
layer of dead shrimp and other small animals.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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