posted on Dec, 18 2010 @ 12:00 AM
Coast Guard: Little seafloor oil from Gulf Spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal scientists said Friday extensive sampling of the Gulf of Mexico seafloor found oil in quantities too small to
collect and in concentrations below harmful levels, except in the area surrounding the BP well.
The Coast Guard's report contrasts independent scientists who say oil from the BP spill extensively damaged the seafloor and killed coral, sea fans
and many bottom-dwelling animals like tubeworms.
"We are not finding any recoverable amounts of oil" on the seafloor, Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft said. "We are dealing with barely detectable amounts of
oil in the parts per billion in many places."
Gotta watch for the disinformation here people. The Coast Guard samples taken between May and October only showed around 1% where contamination was
But another scientist had this to say in the same article:
Ian R. MacDonald, an oceanographer at Florida State University, said a recent submarine dive found what appeared to be lots of oil and dead
animals on the sea floor at a spot very close to where the government said it barely found any oil.
"We went to the same place and saw a lot of oil," MacDonald said. "In our samples, we found abundant dead animals. It points out that different
people — trained scientists — can get different answers."
MacDonald estimates that an 80 square mile area of seafloor around the well has been damaged by oil
Of course BP is patting its own back talking about what a wonderful job they did and how the gulf is making a fast comeback.
The Coast Guard is saying the only areas affected by the spill is 1.5 miles around the well, but MacDonald is saying this area is at least 80
Oh and the gulf seafood is safe!!!