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‘Most Gulf oil gone, feds say.’ Maybe it is, and maybe it isn’t.

Gulf Oil Spill. Photo by Flickr user NASA Goddard Space Flight Center used under a Creative Commons License
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The first thing I saw when I picked up my morning paper today was an Associated Press story on the front page:

Most Gulf oil gone, feds say
“WASHINGTON — With a startling report that some researchers call more spin than science, the government said Wednesday that the mess made by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is mostly gone already.

“On the same day they trumpeted success in plugging up the leaking well with drilling mud, federal officials announced that nearly 70 percent of the oil spilled dissolved naturally, or was burned, skimmed, dispersed or captured, with almost nothing left to see — at least on top of the water.”

Before you get all excited and jump up and down because they said the  oil is gone, please keep one thing in mind. Just because they say it’s gone doesn’t necessarily make it so. One of the reasons oil companies love to dump chemical dispersants on oil that has spilled in water is that the dispersants do just that … they disperse the oil and make it go away … by breaking the oil up up into smaller drops that sink below the surface of the water. In other words, out of sight, out of mind, as they say.

Before you come to any conclusions on this, read the following news release I just received from Texas Tech University.  /Gary
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Posted on Thursday, August 5th, 2010
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Center for Biological Diversity to sue EPA over toxic dispersants in Gulf

Sperm whale. Photo by Flickr user strange ones used under a Creative Commons License.
sperm whale, strange ones

From the weekly e-newsletter of the Center for Biological Diversity, June 3, 2010:

To stop the oil-spill response from making the catastrophe even worse for wildlife, this Tuesday (June 1) the Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for not protecting endangered species from the nearly one million gallons of toxic chemical dispersants it approved for use in the Gulf.
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Posted on Friday, June 4th, 2010
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