Rainbow-tinted slicks and globules of oil have been cropping up in the Gulf of Mexico during the past 10 days or so, and it's not clear where it is all coming from. BP, whose Macondo well spewed 4.1 million barrels of oil into the Gulf last summer after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, has denied that the oil is coming from that well. But some scientists say it's certainly possible.
Reports of a new oil sheen first surfaced on Aug. 18, close to the site of last year's devastating spill. BP and Coast Guard officials deployed two submersible vehicles to the site, but BP said a visual inspection indicated there was no oil released from the Macondo well. The Coast Guard said last week that the oil was the result of natural seeps and/or permitted releases at other oil drilling sites, according to the Press-Register newspaper in Mobile, Ala.
Reporters from the Press-Register took some samples of their own and sent them to Louisiana State University, where scientists confirmed the oil was Louisiana sweet crude. It was chemically similar to the oil from the Macondo well, but remains unclear whether that is the source, according to the newspaper's account.
Volunteers with the Gulf Restoration Network and a group called On Wings of Care have been taking aerial photos since Aug. 19, finding a variety of oil slicks in several spots in the Gulf. Bonny Schumaker, founder of On Wings of Care, said the group has posted several flight logs with dozens of pictures of the sheens. Check it out here.
Natural seeps have occurred in the Gulf of Mexico for millennia, so it's certainly possible that they are causing these new sheens. But several scientists said their location — right near the Macondo well — is intriguing.
There are a few explanations beyond natural seeps, including the possibility that oil has been leaking from the broken riser pipe that connected the Deepwater Horizon to the well. Neither the pipe nor the well has been salvaged, the Press-Register points out. Or, heavier hydrocarbon constituents could have settled on the bottom during the spill, and as bacteria have broken them down, lighter-density hydrocarbons are now slowly making their way to the surface. The most troubling possibility, the newspaper says, is that the oil is leaking out of the ground beneath the capped wellhead.
As we wait for more answers, let's hope that is not the case.
This story has been up for two minutes already and no comment from the know-it-all?
@Jupiter1987, My kinetic energies felt someone calling me. "Know it all, no." I am constantly shopping at Wal-Mart in hopes of buying a clue. Do I make commentaries? Yes indeed!! Say where is your comment of the article or you just instigating trolling?
Damn it, that's not a good look for the Gulf Coast.
Once the atmosphere heats up from CO2, Methane and all the other pollutants being dumped in the environment, global rising will be enough to melt the frozen methane on the sea and ocean floors, release the methane from the worlds permafrost and dramatically jump the temperature and all the ice of the world will rise and the oceans become acidic and well we all die and all other life,.... expect say ".01 microbiology life, maybe".
Yes, it has happen in the past before.....
I think it's very interesting that all of a sudden the Mobile Press-Register has taken an interest in reporting oil that remains in the Gulf of Mexico. I live in Gulf Shores, Alabama and anyone who lives here will tell you the oil was never gone. MOst of it was sank with dispersants and now sits on the seafloor. Large tarballs can still be found on the beaches. The Press-Register has done everything they could all summer during tourist season to mislead the public about the presence of oil. They said the oil was gone and the beaches were better than ever. Why would any newspaper do that? Maybe it's because the publisher of the Mobile Press-Register, Ricky Mathews, is also the director of the Coastal Recovery Comission. He has a vested interest in bringing the tourists back and if that means lying to them about dispersed oil in the water and on the beaches, then so be it. Since tourist season is now over, I imagine they'll start reporting the oil so that BP will be pressured into giving the corrupt powers-that-be in Coastal Alabama millions of more dollars.
Seriously the first comment is a name calling one. Of course I think know it all is a compliment, because someone who knows a lot is smart :P.
I was always taught that if you have to resort to name calling, be creative, otherwise you come across as an ogre with nothing worth saying.
With bacteria that thrives on the stuff, I think we will have plenty of life in the oceans.
The flip side it will have all with the sweet taste and smell of farts. Cuisine of the future brought to you by BP and others trying to cut corners for the sake of maintaining oil dependency.
I believe if a corporation is part of a disaster on the scale BP (and friends) are, they should be sold off and the money goes towards cleanup and fixing the mistake. Perhaps if we took that stance, companies would care about making sure they did not risk the environment for fear of loosing it all. The stock holders would also be making sure, since they risk loosing it all as well.
Quality, something that makes everything better.
I am sorry to hear that, perhaps news papers should start hiring journalists instead of reporters. A little investigation goes a long way to revealing the truth.
I agree totally I live about 10 minutes away from the gulf in central Louisiana. The oil never went anywhere. I still don't eat at local seafood restaurants. I know the press is lying about it. It doesn't take a genius to see why they started the propaganda about the oil spill being cleaned up so well it is better than before, which is just absurd. The fact tourist season is over, I'm sure they will start to slowly allow people to somewhat come to the realization that they were lied to for the past 6 months only for the tourist industry to make a quick buck.
The scenario that you are explaining could well happen, but it would a few million years to create enough warming to cause that to happen, plenty of time to actually do something about it.........
if the compressed methane ice on the sea floor does happen to rise and melt....we are screwed. massive methane bubble in the air and a lil spark....mmmm toasty
@sacridias, rpjzpf, yes I was grossly exaggerating. Though some of the things I spoke about occurred during the Mesozoic Era, but were caused by other reasons. The gasses that were put into the atmosphere could cause similar results. Now it's humans putting all the gases in the air. And yes for any mass extension to happen would take a long time. But when you have 7 billion people on the earth and the population is expected to grow and you combine that with a future of reduced fresh water, food, land, higher temperatures to take a loss of a few percentages humans is a lot of human suffer age and death, leading to a dim preventable future.
The whole situation is much the same, when a person smokes. Unless that human burst into flames, many people have a hard time understanding they are hurting themselves.
Why are you all bashing BubbaGump? Hes right most of the time while most of you spew hate and nonsense.
As for this article, why dont they investigate wether or not the source of this oil is oil from last year or if more oil is still spewing from the pipes? Another example of BP"s, and whoevever else is responsible for this, neglect for the world. I guess its as much as you can expect from oil companies.
I killed kenny.
@hatandboots, Thank you for the positive feed back. I am not right most of the time. But, I do appreciate your support.
There is a certain bunch of people that are by nature sarcastic and like to attack for their own personal insecurities. They will not change and have no expectations they will. Some of them are so insecure and they have such a desire to control an outcome of a situation. They are funny, odd and interesting to observe.
I do opinionate a lot. I know this and this invites others to just bounce on my head and do a dance and a jig. I know this. But I learn a lot from other peoples responses too, by some of the really smart people, highly educated people here that comment. I really like to hear from educated people, hear comments of math and facts, opinions, jokes, imaginations and yes religion and history. It is a lot of fun.
I do go off on tangents too. My mind bounces this way and at times I am bored and just want to inspire and see what other minds bounce and respond as well.
Thanks for being postive hatandboots. Its nice to come acorss a nice person.
@hatandboots, Galileo Galilei by the great scope of all his achievements influence change in people’s minds. He convinces the world the sun was the center of our solar system and not the earth. Of course in standing up for his own ideas he faces lots of opposition, threats and punishment.
But imagine some other smart people before him, who may have had the same idea before Galileo, but was smack in the head for having a different idea. "Obviously the earth must be at the center of the solar system, don't you believe in GOD; what you still think the earth is not at the center of the solar system, somebody burn him or get rope. This man is evil."
On this blog people go to extremes of non religious to being religious, to believing aliens could be in space, to no aliens being in earths past history and they get mean and nasty in arguing. We can't shut down the shuttle program-worlds will collide. Some egos here just cause problems, because they like it too. The mean and nasty part is all egos and the projection of their own insecurities. You have to learn to ignore the egos.
Learn to be a free thinker, use your imagination, think outside the box and do not care about the mainstream. Go and find you facts yourself. Have fun discovering life!!!
i actually find this article hilarious, first of all, a while ago they reported it as taking three months to cap the well that was gushing oil into the gulf. when while it was happening it took more like six months, 3 months to implement the failed capping attempt which only made things worse and then another 3 months to fix the actual oil spilling out of the well. then six months later after they've been dumping dispersants and shiz like that all over the gulf they suddenly say, "where all da oil at!?".
seriously i smell not only a cover up, that's failing, but a uncapped well that was never fixed and a news media campaign to say that in fact it was fixed. HEY LETS GO TO MARS! WE DON'T HAVE THIS SHIZ THERE!
to mars or bust!