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"The scientists are telling us about 25 percent was not captured or evaporated or taken care of by mother nature," said Carol Browner, a top energy adviser to President Barack Obama, on the ABC network's "Good Morning America" programme.
"This is an initial assessment by our scientists in the government and outside the government. We think it's important to make this available to the public. That's what we'll be doing today."
Browner said the report to be released later Wednesday was "encouraging" but that more cleanup will be needed.
"Mother nature will continue to break it down," she said. "But some of it may come onshore, as weathered tar balls. And those will be cleaned up. They can be cleaned up. And we will make sure they are cleaned up."
An estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico over a period of 87 days after an explosion on a BP-leased offshore rig on April 20.
The leak was capped on July 15, and on Wednesday BP said it succeeded in controlling the pressure in the ruptured well through a procedure called a "static kill."
The New York Times said the report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, indicated that fears that a huge underwater glob of oil would surface at some point to tar Gulf beaches looked increasingly unlikely.
"There?'s absolutely no evidence that there's any significant concentration of oil that's out there that we haven?t accounted for,"Jane Lubchenco, head of the agency, was quoted as saying
Though somewhat shallow along the coastal continental shelf areas, it plunges to an (estimated) maximum depth of over 13,123 ft (4,000 m) in the Sigsbee Deep, a flat abyss portion in the southwestern Gulf.
A government report says only a quarter of the oil from the BP well remains and that it is "degrading quickly". The majority has been captured, burned off or evaporated, it states. But more clean-up is necessary, officials warn.
Originally posted by baddmove
Well People, we knew it was coming...This BS story, that is..
I still cannot believe they say a lot of the oil evaporated..
I have oil on the side of my house from an oil change i did 2 years ago and the level is still the same..so how do they figure this?