Former Gov’t Scientist: ‘Tar pavement’ is beneath sand along Gulf — “Like a paved highway” after hurricane

Published: December 5th, 2012 at 12:56 am ET
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Title: Scientists still learning from Deepwater Horizon disaster –
Source: Tampa Bay Times
Author: Craig Pittman
Date: December 4, 2012

[...] According to the chart, “a quarter of the oil is still unaccounted for,” [Steve Murawski, formerly the chief federal fisheries scientist and now a University of South Florida marine science professor] said. “But we know where it is.”

Some of it remains on the bottom of the gulf, buried under a few centimeters of debris and likely to be stirred up again by the creatures that like to burrow in the ocean bottom, he said. Some remains in the marshes of Barataria Bay, La., where research has shown the oil may be causing sickness and death among dolphins. And along parts of the gulf beaches, there’s a strip of “tar pavement” just beneath the sand, Murawski said.

“When the hurricane (Debby) came, it washed the sand away and made it look like a paved highway out there,” he said. That weathered tar “will be with us for a long time.”

The papers published Monday were co-written by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Jane Lubchenco, Department of Energy Secretary Stephen Chu and U.S. Geological Survey head Marcia McNutt, among other scientists, and were put out as part of a special issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

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13 comments to Former Gov’t Scientist: ‘Tar pavement’ is beneath sand along Gulf — “Like a paved highway” after hurricane

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    "That weathered tar “will be with us for a long time.” Or, maybe BP could clean it up? Is it just me? If tar is located, big or small, even as a tiny little tar ball, isn't BP suppose to go clean it up? How can an entire tar mat exist on the ocean floor and BP is not down there with guys in ROV's cleaning it up?


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The papers published Monday were co-written by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Jane Lubchenco, Department of Energy Secretary Stephen Chu and U.S. Geological Survey head Marcia McNutt, among other scientists, and were put out as part of a special issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

    They have known this would be the case..all along.


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    How toxic is that corexit tar, and who knows what else is in that tar?


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    • Sickputer

      Terribly toxic to every living thing.

      The sad thing is the oil companies makes their trillions of dollars for stock holders and company employees and are never held accountable for their role in the inexorable extinction process of the human race.

      While the Gulf of Mexico is now ruined for millennia it pales to the damage done to the east coast of Africa. The poor Africans on the coastlines are starving from the massive oil spills of Shell and other companies.

      This planet will endure eons until the sun burns up, but the days of massive human civilization are numbered. Not by religious forecasts, but by the sheer inertia of human-generated wastes. All kinds, not just oil or nuclear. These poisons and resulting human wars over resources will kill off 99% of the human race.

      How long before that happens? Unknown, but the tipping point is getting much closer as measured in human generations.


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  • Sickputer

    Having painted a gloomy picture…is there hope for your own community and personal family members?

    Yes. In a Future Shock society (which we have been in essentially for over a century) there are defensive mechanisms for individuals. If you don't what those are then bone up pretty quickly. Research ideas on avoiding pollution, finding uncontaminated water and food, and avoiding polluted air as much as possible (the toughest task).

    Do that research and your family might be in the 1% that survives the massive dieoff of the world's humans that will happen in the coming years. Start today. Don't be afraid to be proactive for yourself and your family.


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  • Unfortunately, this story doesn't get run up here in BC as they try to push a bitumen pipeline and tankers to China down our throat. All you here is how great the new technology is and monetary compensation when the reality is the industry never cleans up completely and beaches and oceans are ruined for generations. There has to be a better way.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Sickputer has the wisdom to know what the ramifications will eventually be for mankind.

    We human's must do better as a species.


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  • markww markww

    I HAVE A QUESTION FOR EACH PERSON TO CHECK OUT

    1. ANYONE IN THE SINKHOLE AREAS THAT HAVE WELL WATER NOTICED THEIR WATER GETTING HOT AND THIS INCLUDES LOUISIANA.

    2. ANYONE THAT HAVE RAIN GUTTERS THE RUN DOWN TO THE GROUND ANY PLACE USA FEEL THE DOWN SPOUTS FOR VIBRATIONS. HAVE YOU HEARD ANY MOANING FROM THEM ?

    this is important seismographs picking up some low frequency type vibrations. I have been picking them up on mine and sometimes it starts and stops every few hours or so.

    Could this be the under the USA Methane Dome Vibrating? or lava movement or the melting on the dome. There was a talk show about these and other weird things happening, but the mot interesting ones would be the gutter down spouts and the water in wells heating up.

    FOR THOSE IN OHIO NEAR THE NEWLY FORMED SINKHOLE watch for bubbles water heating and vibrations in the water or near and in your homes.

    Markww


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  • stopnp stopnp

    I saw that tar the last time I was there


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