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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  • by Anon Location: Tallahassee FL on Sep 30, 2010 at 08:42 PM
    How is this? Bald Point State Park is covered in it! My husband and I went canoeing and the water looked fine but when our paddles came out of the water, they were covered in oil. Also, when the red fish jump/scatter, oil bubbled up! This is in less than a foot of water so it is obvious oil (on top of the fact it was on our paddles so we already knew it was)!! Also, the oyster bars were black instead of the typical light gray color!! Therefore, I don't buy this report and can't stand the campaigns painting everything being "fine" bc it might be at the big beaches where tons of patrol and clean up was, but it isn't at the small, local beaches and state parks!!
  • by izitjustme? Location: undisclosed on Sep 30, 2010 at 07:36 PM
    Wanna bet they are using data provided by BP????
  • by watcher Location: nearby on Sep 30, 2010 at 04:51 PM
    Here it comes again - another "government" coverup to reduce liability and claims. What kind of deal was made between BP and NOAA to get these results? You can bet they were looking everywhere else except the identifed "downstream flow" area where dispersant was sprayed on the slick during the leak period. Will there be intervention by gulf states members of Congress or will they also look the other way in order to recieve campaign $$$$$$$ from BP?
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