Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A word from your sponsor

"In an ominous sign for Gulf residents, oceanographer Ian MacDonald told the probe [on Monday, September 27, 2010] that while much of the oil [from the BP spill] was dispersed, evaporated or removed by burning and skimming, the 'remaining fraction -- over 50 percent of the total discharge -- is a highly durable material that resists further dissipation.'

His assessment implied some 2.5 million barrels of oil -- or 105 million gallons -- was still embedded in the fragile ecosystem, out of the estimated 4.9 million barrels that gushed into the Gulf during the 87 days before the well was capped.
'Much of it is now buried in marine and coastal sediments,' MacDonald warned, adding there was "scant evidence for bacterial degradation of this material prior to burial.'"

(*the sign was spotted at the New Orleans aquarium.)

1 comment:

Little Black Scrap Cat said...

I, personally, think we will see some long term affect from the oil that has settle on the ocean floor. Only time will tell how bad the damage will be. Hopefully there will be new limits set on the off short/deep water drilling. Our country should lean towards exploring and expanding other options, such as solar energy and wind farms. But that's just my humble opinion....