It is being reported by a group of scientists that much of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill never made it to the surface of the Gulf. Instead the oil became suspended in the water column. This was reported to a scientific conference held in Mobile last month. The 40th annual Benthic Ecology Meeting drew about 600 scientists from around the nation who study the creatures that live along the seafloor. The meeting was sponsored by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the University of South Alabama.
Two different groups presented research that examined the fate of oil in the Gulf, with both concluding that large plumes of oil sank to the depths of the sea. It was reported that there was a really large plume that stayed mostly in the deepest areas. The BP spill had a contaminated area that reached 50 miles from the wellhead. There were also reports on how the oil and chemicals have affected fish, crabs and other sea life. It’s interesting to note that BP is now saying that nobody knows how much oil was spilled into the Gulf.
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