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Local media theorizes oil dispersed with Corexit is surfacing in Gulf near BP’s wellhead

Published: October 12th, 2012 at 8:20 am ET
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Follow-up to: *Confirmed* Gov't: Oil reported in Gulf matches BP's Macondo Well

Source: On Wings of Care

Stuart H. Smith, Oct. 11, 2012: The NOLA.com website also offers a new report on the leak this morning that looks at the possible causes in greater detail, including speculation that oil that was dispersed by toxic chemicals in 2010 is reappearing on the surface.

Times Picayune, Oct. 10, 2012: It’s also unclear how much of the oil turned into droplets by the use of dispersants at the wellhead may have dropped to the bottom around the wellsite, another possible source of small amounts of oil floating to the surface.

View the latest footage of BP’s oil floating in the Gulf here

Published: October 12th, 2012 at 8:20 am ET
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4 comments to Local media theorizes oil dispersed with Corexit is surfacing in Gulf near BP’s wellhead

  • markww markww

    Call Texas A&M and get their biodegradable material to eat the oil and Corexit. Corexit is POISONOUS to EVERYTHING.

    MARK


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  • Chelsea Chelsea

    Wait, what?

    My mom was an engineer for Sun Oil for years during the "oil boom" years. I have seen the flyover video, she has seen the flyover video. She sent it to her former oilman, who is mortified.. that is NOT dispersed oil out there. That is fresh, light crude. There wouldn't be a sheen of "rainbow" if it were so dispersed, the corexit turns it a murky orange to brown color and it doesn't allow for such a high yield to remain on the surface like that. That well is not dead. 2-year old oil from the rig wouldn't even be that light. This is going to keep BP off the hook. Someone needs to get ROVs down there now.


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    • Radio VicFromOregon

      I think your mum is right. And, i'd add, i think it's one possibility that some of the old oil with Corexit is dissolving the salt dome where they likely dumped what they managed to scoop up. There may be a bit of legal maneuvering going on before BP is willing to send a ROV down to the well head, and it might be up to NOAA to check along any likely fissures. Given the speed at which response to environmental disasters happen in that region, it will take weeks before a decision gets made to do anything.


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