BP Gulf Oil Spill: Massive Plume of Crude Oil and Chemicals

It has been 4 months since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico. This caused the largest marine oil spill, in the history of the petroleum industry. 4 months later, we have lots of lies and very few answers. We also have very little progress. Despite the lack of progress, BP is still in charge of operations. Luckily for them, they have been able to sink and hide most of the oil. For most of the general public, this oil is out of sight and out of mind.

Even though we cannot see most of the oil that is in the Gulf, a new scientific study proves that it is most definitely there. This study proves that the oil is hovering about a kilometer below the water surface. It also confirms that is about 200 meters high, 2 kilometers wide and reaches approximately 35 kilometers from the original spill site. The worst part? This is not just oil. The composition of the hovering plume, is a toxic mix of crude oil and chemicals. The Corexit dispersant is the lingering chemical that is forcing the oil under the surface, where it is not visible.

Here is the research that supports the data above: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/science.1195223