Experts: Oil ‘blizzard’ in Gulf from BP disaster — “It just sucked everything out of the surface” — Red layer fell on seafloor, nobody knew what it was — Could cause significant damage to ecosystems (AUDIO)

Published: March 19th, 2013 at 10:44 pm ET
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Title: ‘Dirty blizzard’ in Gulf may account for missing Deepwater Horizon oil
Source: Florida State University
Author: Jill Elish
Date: March 15, 2013
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Oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill acted as a catalyst for plankton and other surface materials to clump together and fall to the sea floor in a massive sedimentation event that researchers are calling a “dirty blizzard.” [...]

The consortium, which includes researchers from FSU, Eckerd College, the University of South Florida and Georgia Institute of Technology, confirmed the never before observed dirty blizzard hypothesis by using thorium, lead and radiocarbon isotopes in addition to DNA analyses of sediments. [...]

The oily sediments deposited on the sea floor could cause significant damage to ecosystems and may affect commercial fisheries in the future, [Jeff Chanton, Professor of Oceanography at Florida State University] said.

The dirty blizzard hypothesis explains why layers of water that would normally be cloudy with suspended plankton instead appeared transparent during the spill, except for strings of particles falling to the bottom.

“The oil just sucked everything out of the surface,” Chanton said.

Excerpt from Chanton’s audio interview: “There was this massive sedimentation event… in the deep Gulf… There was this red layer that was deposited over the sediments but nobody knew what it was. There was a lot of speculation it might be oil.”

Listen to the interview here

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6 comments to Experts: Oil ‘blizzard’ in Gulf from BP disaster — “It just sucked everything out of the surface” — Red layer fell on seafloor, nobody knew what it was — Could cause significant damage to ecosystems (AUDIO)

  • inthewoods

    One word for you

    COREXIT
    http://m.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/04/microbes-arent-eating-oil-gulf-beaches-thanks-corexit-dispersant
    http://www.naturalnews.com/028974_Corexit_dispersants.html
    Corexit 9527, considered by the EPA to be an acute health hazard, is stated by its manufacturer to be potentially harmful to red blood cells, the kidneys and the liver, and may irritate eyes and skin.[33][18][34] The chemical 2-butoxyethanol, found in Corexit 9527, was identified as having caused lasting health problems in workers involved in the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.[35] According to the Alaska Community Action on Toxics, the use of Corexit during the Exxon Valdez oil spill caused people "respiratory, nervous


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  • We Not They Finally

    So Matt Simmons died his untimely death in the summer of 2010, just days after he publicly announced that BP had created a hole in the sea that would gush oil for years. The interviewer (that was Dylan Ratigan on MSNBC) said why doesn't BP said what they really did, and Simmons said, "Because they would go to prison and lose their fortunes." So Matt Simmons (former energy advisor to Bush Sr. — he was considered CREDIBLE in the energy field)drops dead in his own hot tub soon after, and the oil is gushing endlessly ANYWAY. Great if they could trace that hole in the sea directly back to BP, just not too optimistic.


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  • We Not They Finally

    Note that the original leases to BP showed TWO Macondo oil wells, 252A and 252B. In fact, the videocam of the allegedly capped oil well was Well A, which had been sealed about a year earlier; not Well B, which was still gushing. Longitude and latitude marked were different — the videocam was presumably switched out during Hurricane Bonnie. But far be it from anyone in power to check out the obvious….


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  • yellowrain

    I'm with in the woods on this one. Pure corexit blizzard. Anyone else notice the name on the video feed gushing oil was labeled dispersion cam. They were injecting corexit right at the source. Maybe it reminded the "experts" of a snow making machine. Hence the term Blizzard. I have to look up the term expert on wiki. They must have changed the definition when they changed other definitions like justice,integrity,leadership,democracy.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    BP Oil Rig Assault
    Published Dec.21 2012

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60nu3FpxOPA

    Interested parties might want to download.

    Comments anyone?


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