Monday, February 21, 2011

"OIL RAIN" CONFIRMED -- NASA chief mission scientist: Clouds from Gulf did "rain oil" on land

Toxic Tide -- Discovering the Health Effects of the Deepwater Disaster, Part 2, Living on Earth, February 18, 2011:

LEIFER: ...[T]hey showed up as if they had almost a millimeter of oil in the cloud. And these hydrocarbon-laden clouds - when they reach land - would in fact rain oil.

Leifer thinks this oil rain is an unprecedented oil spill phenomenon - a combination of the Gulf's high humidity and the columns of thick smoke from burning oil. A lot of things about the BP blowout made it unlike other oil spills.

Most spills happen all at once, say, when a tanker or pipe ruptures. The BP wellhead kept spewing for 87 days, sending oil to the surface in a plume that Leifer says kept pushing the oil's toxic chemicals into the air.

LEIFER: Air sampling that was conducted both on a boat and by NOAA in the atmosphere showed that this plume contained numerous components and that these components were...many of them are toxic...

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