government has confirmed plumes of dispersed oil are spreading far below the ocean
surface from the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, raising fresh concerns
about the potential impact of the spill on sea life.
conducted by researchers at the University of South Florida found that the
concentrations of oil-related chemicals in the water were generally low. Still,
the tests confirmed that some toxic compounds that would normally be expected
to evaporate from the surface in a shallow-water oil spill were instead
spreading through the ocean in the Deepwater Horizon leak.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which helped to fund the
research, said it was still working to get a better handle on the potential
impact of the spill on fish, corals and other wildlife. Jane Lubchenco, the
NOAA administrator, said the agency was doing its best to determine “where
the oil is going, and where it is at the surface, and where it might be below
the surface, and what the consequences of that oil will be to coastal communities
as well as to the health of the gulf.”
national commander of the response to the spill, Adm. Thad W. Allen of the Coast Guard, said that
BP’s new containment cap had captured 14,482 barrels of oil in the most recent
24-hour period, though several of the vents on the cap remain open. The
captured oil is being brought to the surface for processing, though a great
deal of oil is still leaking out at the ocean floor.
new figures bring the total collected over four days to about 42,500 barrels of
oil, while 30.6-million cubic feet of natural gas has been flared off.
President Obama fed up with criticism that he
hasn’t seemed angry enough over the billion dollar oil spill, offered his
bluntest response yet telling the Today’s Show Matt Lauer he’s been boning up
on “whose ass to kick”.
don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar,”
Mr. Obama said, “we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best
answer, so I know whose ass to kick.”
Asked about BP CEO Tony Hayward downplaying the
environmental impact as being “very very modest” and the volume of
the spill as “tiny” in relation to the Gulf of Mexico, Obama
“He wouldn’t be working for me
after any of those statements,” Obama told Matt Lauer.