Tuesday, June 01, 2010

"BP CEO disputes claims of underwater oil plumes"

This is ludicrous:

VENICE, La. [AP} — BP PLC CEO Tony Hayward is disputing claims by scientists that there are large undersea plumes from the Gulf oil spill.

Hayward said Sunday the oil is on the water's surface, and that BP's sampling showed "no evidence" of oil in the water column.

Scientists from several universities have reported plumes of what appears to be oil suspended in clouds that stretched for miles and reached hundreds of feet beneath the Gulf's surface.

Hayward also says the company is narrowing its response to the oil spill to the Louisiana coast and bulking up cleanup forces there for a fight that could last months.

Meanwhile - the slick is heading toward Florida:


Thick, brown oil is starting to spread along the coast and now appears to be a day away from hitting Florida. Red-brown oil made its first appearance on Dauphin Island near the mouth of Alabama's Mobile Bay, three weeks after tar balls were found there. A two-mile long, three-feet wide strand of caramel-colored oil was found on Petit Bois Island, a barrier island near the Mississippi-Alabama border. And an oil sheen was seen about nine miles off the Florida coast and is expected to hit the white sands of Pensacola Beach as soon as Wednesday (6-2-10).

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