- Posted August 5, 2010 by
Watertown, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Track the oil disaster
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BP and U.S. Can't Find Any More Oil- Crisis Over, Right?
"Pack up the sleeping bags, roll up the tent, turn off the cameras..it's time to jet." Soon, like Haiti, we'll be hearing less about the plight of those people still affected by this BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and more about immigration and Prop 8. Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, Déjà vu!
The powers to be have declared that the Gulf Oil Spill is over! The leak is capped. The oil can't be seen...on the surface. Good news. The oil has disappeared like magic! No oil can be seen on the surface of the Gulf so problem over. Right? Not so fast.
The chemicals that were sprayed to break the surface oil and that coming out of the leak at the sea floor worked perfectly to hide the amount of oil that was dispersed into the waters of our Gulf.
"At its peak last month, the oil slick was the size of Kansas, but it has been rapidly shrinking, now down to the size of New Hampshire. "
Will we continue to stay on top of this disaster? Will fishermen's lives and Gulf dependent business owners losses be restored?
Or will the cameras and aid turn away from those affected by this disaster in the Gulf now that the Oil has "disappeared", as the help and focus did for the people of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina?
COLLEGE STATION, Aug. 5, 2010 – "Reports saying that 75 percent of the gulf oil spill has either been cleaned up or broken down by natural forces are likely incorrect, and there are still big problems lurking beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, says a Texas A&M scientist who conducted one of the first on-site studies of the spill.
John Kessler, assistant professor of oceanography in the College of Geosciences, says reports that most of the gulf oil has disappeared and appears no longer to be a problem are misleading, if not totally inaccurate.
Bottom line, he explains: there are still large amounts of oil and gas in the gulf and they still pose big problems.
“Recent reports seem to say that about 75 percent of the spill has been taken care of, and that is just not true,” Kessler says.
Skimmers Pick Up Less Oil
"The numbers don't lie: two weeks ago, skimmers picked up about 25,000 barrels of oily water. Last Thursday, they gathered just 200 barrels.
Still, it doesn't mean that all the oil that gushed for weeks is gone. Thousands of small oil patches remain below the surface, but experts say an astonishing amount has disappeared, reabsorbed into the environment.
"[It's] mother nature doing her job," said Ed Overton, a professor of environmental studies at Louisiana State University."
BP has retained many environmental scientists to spin the "oil is gone..taken care of by Mother Nature" story.
We won't know for sometime is this is true or if it's a clever way for BP to stop paying for the damage caused by this disaster to local fishermen and businesses along the Gulf.
What do you think?