Scientists discover giant new plume: possible 2cd oil leak (update)

This is an update to yesterday’s post Scientists believe there is a second oil leak with breaking news about a new plume that may support 2cd leak theory.

From MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Show:

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From NPR Blogs:

While there was some guardedly positive news about the BP oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, there was also an ominous discovery: scientists said they discovered a second gargantuan oil plume.

And unlike the first plume discovered earlier this month which appeared to be headed southwest towards more open water, this second plume was headed northeast toward Mobile, Ala. and waters where many different marine species are found.

The new plume was found deep beneath the gulf’s surface, more than half a mile down. It was 22 miles long.

One obvious question is how many more plumes are there and how long will they persist, especially if they’re below the surface where wind, sun and air can’t break them down by weathering them?

AP: The thick plume was detected just beneath the surface down to about 3,300 feet, and is more than 6 miles wide, said David Hollander, associate professor of chemical oceanography at theschool.

Hollander said the team detected the thickest amount of hydrocarbons, likely from the oil spewing from the blown out well, at about 1,300 feet in the same spot on two separate days this week.

The discovery was important, he said, because it confirmed that the substance found in the water was not naturally occurring and that the plume was at its highest concentration in deeper waters.

The researchers will use further testing to determine whether the hydrocarbons they found are the result of dispersants or the emulsification of oil as it traveled away from the well.

The first such plume detected by scientists stretched from the well southwest toward the open sea, but this new undersea oil cloud is headed miles inland into shallower waters where many fish and other species reproduce.

See Also:

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BP may be trying to stop the wrong leak

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One thought on “Scientists discover giant new plume: possible 2cd oil leak (update)

  1. Pingback: BREAKING – Scientists believe there is a second outlet « Gulf Leak Watch

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