Sunday, October 31, 2010

Scientist "astonished" that he found so much crude -- Questions Fed's estimate of oil in Gulf

Government estimates of oil in Gulf may miss mark, Fox 8 New Orleans, October 25, 2010:

Transcript Excerpts
On a dock in Cocodrie, Paul Sammarco unfurls a 15-foot long piece of fabric, a highly absorbent cotton-like material, which may spark a whole new debate over how much oil remained in the Gulf of Mexico this summer. Dr. Sammarco and a team from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) sampled waters two months after BP plugged its crippled well. He was astonished at what he found... [A]n underwater video shot by a LUMCON researcher weeks after the spill showed globs of oil were visible in the water column with the naked eye. ... "My feeling is that it's an underestimate of what was actually there." ... If a canister happened to have captured one of the globs, he notes the NOAA estimates would have skyrocketed.

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