The spill is worst than BP claims

Details are seeping out, although BP and the other companies involved are probably spending a great deal of money on Public Relations, the truth of the underlying causes and just how much oil is floating in the Gulf of Mexico will emerge. Oil is messy and a whole lot of oil is a very messy and very hard to hide.

In the coming days and weeks we will learn just how deeply the 0bowma administration is beholding to his backers. We can expect 0bowma to make public speeches against his corporate masters but in private he’s probably telling them to ignore what he says to the unwashed and ignorant masses.

Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots. The discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well could be substantially worse than estimates that the government and BP have given.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/16/us/16oil.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

“There’s a shocking amount of oil in the deep water, relative to what you see in the surface water,” said Samantha Joye, a researcher at theUniversity of Georgia who is involved in one of the first scientific missions to gather details about what is happening in the gulf. “There’s a tremendous amount of oil in multiple layers, three or four or five layers deep in the water column.”

The plumes are depleting the oxygen dissolved in the gulf, worrying scientists, who fear that the oxygen level could eventually fall so low as to kill off much of the sea life near the plumes.

Dr. Joye said the oxygen had already dropped 30 percent near some of the plumes in the month that the broken oil well had been flowing. “If you keep those kinds of rates up, you could draw the oxygen down to very low levels that are dangerous to animals in a couple of months,” she said Saturday. “That is alarming.”

The plumes were discovered by scientists from several universities working aboard the research vessel Pelican, which sailed from Cocodrie, La., on May 3 and has gathered extensive samples and information about the disaster in the gulf.

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