Gulf Oil Spill: Huge 10-mile Long Oil Plumes Found Under Gulf’s Surface!

Another BP Cover-up

Saturday,  Jeffrey Collins (AP) reported that researchers from the National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology has detected massive 10 mile long underwater plumes of oil at depths between just below the surface and more than 4,000 feet deep.  The existence of such plumes serves to verify and validate our concerns that BP’s disaster management methods were aimed at keeping the leaked oil under the surface.  Once the oil was out of sight, BP hoped they would not be held accountable for the cost of cleaning up those millions of gallons of toxic oil which never made it to shore.

The incriminating AP story was short-lived on several sources.   Just a few short hours later, those very same links had been changed to BP’s reporting some success with their latest attempt to capture oil spilling from the damaged line.  Though we don’t want to seem like conspiracy theorists, we’ve lost count of how many times and ways BP has attempted to change their story, hide the truth, and dupe the public.  (Check earlier posts here for some of their more infamous fiascos.)

Since they’re trying to bury the story of these sub-surface streams, we’ll bring the news to you:

Scientists have identified oil from a blown-out well which is now forming huge underwater plumes, some 10 miles long, beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.  The oil has been spilling since April 20th; May 16th is the 26th day for the open well to be spewing oil.  Government officials estimate at least 210,000 gallons per day have been pouring into the Gulf — some 5.5 million gallons.  Unfortunately, some private sector scientists estimate the rate to be much higher — as  much as 10 times that volume.

Researchers Vernon Asper and Arne Dierks concurred with our assessment in stating that the plumes were “perhaps due to the deep injection of dispersants which BP has stated that they are conducting.”  I’ll go a step further and say that there’s a high probability that the dispersing solvents are the reason that 10-mile long streams of oil are now suspended in the Gulf’s waters.  It’s not at all beyond the realm of possibilities that the plumes could come through the Keys, eventually infiltrating the Gulf Stream as well.  Another direction would be to cause havoc at the ocean floor, disturbing the delicate balances that sustain life there as well.

News media has been inaccurately reporting that BP gained government approval to use those solvents a mile under the ocean’s surface and 50 miles offshore, where the leak is happening.  To our knowledge, the EPA gave them permission to use any chemical approved for oil spill clean-up.  But the use of the chemicals was only approved for coastal clean-up.  No research was ever performed to weigh the potential damages in using it in this fashion so, according to the Clean Water Act of 1972, the E.P.A. is not allowed to grant permit to release the toxic solvent into the open ocean’s waters.  Moreover, the toxicity study referenced was performed by a division of Exxon, which is the company that developed the dispersing solvent in the first place.

Samantha Joye, a marine science professor at the University of Georgia, confirms the existence of the plumes, and goes on to report that her tests indicate that oxygen levels in some areas of the Gulf have oxygen levels which have dropped 30 percent, and are expected to continue to fall.

“It could take years, possibly decades, for the system to recover from an infusion of this quantity of oil and gas,” Joye said.   The reason she’s not saying how many years the affects of the spill will be flt?  “We’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s impossible to fathom the impact.”away.

Apologists for BP have struggled to find justification, saying that using robots in 5,000 feet of water with oil rushing out of the pipe makes things much more difficult.  Protect The Ocean has been pointing out for weeks that one such pipe has since had a valve installed on it, and that once the valve is in place, the “oil rushing out of the pipe” objection is defeated.  We’re wondering why a hose/pipe wasn’t connected to that re-valved pipe, which would have reduced the pressure on the other leaks and allowed leaking oil to be captured at the surface weeks ago.  We’re at a loss to figure that one out, even by following the money.

What’s certain is that BP has been less than forthright throughout this ordeal (and perhaps before it began as well, judging from Congress’ reception to their answers in the hearings.)  What’s clear is that BP injected the solvents INTENTIONALLY, to obfuscate the extent of the growing spill, and that is already coming home to roost.  What’s fact is that neither BP nor the E.P.A. had the authority to utilize Corexit 9500 in open ocean waters; both are in violation of the Clean Water Act, and should be held accountable for their actions.

Research, Editorial, and Opinion Submitted to the Protect The Ocean Blog by John Taylor


1 reply
  1. Just ME in T says:

    re. Oil Spill

    The media have reported that President Obama maybe considering a nuclear solution to the massive Gulf Oil Spill.

    NO I am not joking; leastwise I don’t find it amusing.

    It’s so surreal… like a sci-fi movie. The earth is threatened by a huge hole in its crust, leaking crude oil like a highly pressurized volcano and threatening to kill all life in the oceans. The solution? The military detonate a nuclear bomb in an attempt to melt the cap rock and seal the leak.

    But this is no science fiction. As reported on May 14th, Barack Obama sends nuclear experts to tackle BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil leak:

    PTO – We don’t find any credible evidence that this is on the table as an option


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