Water, water every where, and not a drop of oil…in the Gulf of Mexico. This is bad news for Obama, as people in the area are angry and motivated to get the administration’s moratorium on drilling rescinded.
The BP oil spill is capped – after 86 days of releasing some 200 million gallons of the inky black crude into the Gulf of Mexico, there appears to be no oil. Clean up crews are on the scene and are finding mostly nada. In those worrisome Louisiana marshes, no oil to be found.
The numbers don’t lie: two weeks ago, skimmers picked up about 25,000 barrels of oily water. Last Thursday, they gathered just 200 barrels.
Still, it doesn’t mean that all the oil that gushed for weeks is gone. Thousands of small oil patches remain below the surface, but experts say an astonishing amount has disappeared, reabsorbed into the environment.
“[It’s] mother nature doing her job,” said Ed Overton, a professor of environmental studies at Louisiana State University.
The light crude began to deteriorate the moment it escaped at high pressure, andthen it was zapped with dispersants to speed the process along. The oil that did make it to the ocean’s surface was broken up by 88-degree water, baked by 100-degree sun, eaten by microbes, and whipped apart by wind and waves.
Either the oil has degraded both on the surface and below, or it is lurking. What do you think is going on beneath the warm waters of the Gulf?