I imagine I am not the only one on this board, who thought it was a bit odd how all of a sudden the stories about the Gulf disaster just seemed to stop (well especially in the American media).
I mean, seriously did millions of gallons of oil just disappear? And what happens to that highly toxic dispersant they have been pouring into the Gulf?
I found this article in the Guardian today.
[quote] Scientists have mapped a 22-mile plume of oil droplets from BP's rogue well in the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, providing the strongest evidence yet of the fate of the crude that spewed into the sea for months.
The report offers the most authoritative challenge to date to White House assertions that most of the 5m barrels of oil that spewed into the Gulf is gone.
"These results indicate that efforts to book-keep where the oil went must now include this plume," said Christopher Reddy one of the members of the team from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
The report, which is published in the journal Science, also said the plume was very slow to break down by natural forces, increasing the likelihood that oil could have travelled long distances in the Gulf before it was degraded.