BP’s Oil is NOT on the Surface — it’s on the Sea Floor

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Two weeks ago we were being told the majority of the Oil Spilled was “mostly” gone …

How did five million barrels of oil simply disappear?

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs points to a pie chart on the BP oil spill during the Daily White House Press Briefing, Washington, DC.

AFP/ Getty Images

Now, University of South Florida, Marine Scientists are reporting Science has a different tale, to tell …

Two weeks ago this was the “All Clear” Press Release:

Scientists: Most oil gone from Gulf spill

By Steve Gelsi – Market Pulse, MarketWatch.com — Aug. 4, 2010

A team of scientsts from the federal government said Wednesday that most of the estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil that came from the Deepwater Horizion accident and the ruptured Macondo well has been collected, evaporated or dispersed. The team, led by the Department of the Interior and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said

burning, skimming and direct recovery from the wellhead removed 33% of the oil;

about 25% of the oil evaporated or dissolved,

and 16% was dispersed into microscopic droplets.

The rest of the oil, about 26%, is either on or just below the surface as light sheen and weathered tar balls.

for more specifics from that “Ends Well” episode:

Scientists say: The Oil is NOT Gone — even if our Attention spans are

by jamess — Aug 06, 2010

Now, University of South Florida, Marine Scientists are reporting that their thorough Scientific Readings, have discovered that much of that “missing oil” has been FOUND!

Alert the Media!  


Report Says Up To 80% Of Escaped Oil May Be On The Gulf Bottom  (has Video Report)

Reporter: Ed Lavandera, CNN — Aug 17, 2010

It’s news no one wants to hear. Researchers have discovered oil from BP’s gulf spill has spread further east than anyone thought. But the oil is not on the surface. They say it’s on the sea floor, stretching as far east as 40 miles south of Panama City.


Two experts on the mission, David Hollander and John Paul, a Marine Micro-biologist, sat down with CNN for an exclusive review of their findings. The USF scientists say they found toxic levels of oil and dispersants infecting marine organisms just 40 miles south of Panama City, Florida.

The organisms, called phytoplankton and other microscopic bacteria in the ocean are the foundation of the food chain. “It feeds and fuels the ecology of the ocean and if those guys are in trouble, the ocean is in trouble.

So far federal government scientists have downplayed the impact of microscopic oil making its way up the food chain. This is what Dr. Jane Lubchenco, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said earlier this month. “Fish will degrade that oil and process it naturally. And so it doesn’t bio-accumulate, so it’s not a situation where we need to be concerned about that. Over time, it will be broken down.”

USF scientists tell us that is a “shortsighted” view of the danger. NOAA officials haven’t responded to these latest scientific findings.


All along the way, they found microscopic droplets of oil on the ocean floor. “Right here is a sedimentary record from an area that was about 1500 meters water depth, right adjacent to the deepwater horizon.”

Using U-V light on the sediment the microscopic oil stands out easily. “You can see them all spread out all over, it’s all speckled and when you turn out the lights it looks like the southern sky. it looks like a constellation of stars.”

But most troubling to David Hollander is evidence that the submerged oil is making its way through a region of the Gulf of Mexco known as the Desoto Canyon. The canyon stretches from just east of the deepwater horizon spill site to an area south of Panama City. “So the concern is, not only that you found the droplets of oil widespread, but where you found it? Yea, it’s coming now into these areas that are critical marine protected areas, critical habitats for commercial and recreational fishing.”

None of this is good news. And, no one can answer what’s going to happen to the oil, estimated by some, to be about 80% of what escaped into the Gulf in the last three months. The scientists say one thing for sure is the oil is out there and it’s apparently not far away.


The Oil was NOT Gone — It’s just quietly collecting in “critical marine protected areas, in critical habitats” — in the underwater Desoto Canyon  — far beneath those peering eyes of BP’s hired hands.

Where is the Desoto Canyon anyways, and what does it look like?

Well according to Google Earth, it seems to be a sizable area of {critical} concern:



Maybe someday, the People will get the Real Story about the Eco-Impact of BP’s out of control Oil Spill —

that is if we don’t assume the problem’s solved, now, cuz Gibbs told me so.

Of course, enough people, have to demand that We get the Real Story — First Amendment like — one based on Real Science — cuz the Media has already tried to put this tired Story to bed. … Nite Nite, Gulf Coast! Sleep well.

Out of Sight, in this case however, DOES NOT Mean, Out of the Gulf!  (… even IF it’s Off of the Tube.)

Apparently … Oil mixed with Dispersant, tends to stick around, cling to things … like the Ocean Floor, or so the latest Scientific evidence would seem to say.

Anyone, got some Underwater Vacuums?  We just may need them, to clean up this big mess, before this Tale is done.



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    • jamess on August 18, 2010 at 07:19

    Especially if BP Execs drop by to sign a few Exclusive Contracts …

    I put this in Google Earth search

    Magnolia Springs Waste Management

    and the supposed disposal site shows up, just a short drive

    from Bon Secour AL, which appears to have a deep harbor.

    Quite secluded too.  (in the Magnolia burbs)


    Funny how BP exec Doug Suttles was in Bon Secour,

    about mid June ???   About the same time of the rumored mass Animal Exodus.



    Gulf Coast locals were sickened by what they saw Waste Management employees doing:


    • melvin on August 18, 2010 at 18:15

    one of the worst for me is that Jane Lubchenco has associated herself with this steaming pile.

  1. this effort and for staying on top of it!

    Unfortunately, all that is now coming out was what we suspected a long time ago, every single bit of it and we NOW have confirmation that our suspicions were on target.  I had seen figures on National Wildlife a month or so ago that showed huge numbers of the ocean/coastal life as victims, but we’ve known BP would DO ANYTHING to minimize their fines.

    There are not adequate words to express the heartbreak of this criminally negligent eco-disaster.  

    But news of BP’s cover-up IS GETTING OUT!  

    Rick’s Blog

    The Independent News:

    Wednesday August 18th 2010

    BP Oil Spill cover up story gets traction, MSNBC 2:30

    CDTABC writes about the article without mentioning me: Oil Spill: Were BP and the Government Too Quick to Declare Success?

    MSNBC is interviewing me today at 2:30 CDT.

    AOL News picked it up has a “Hot Lead”.

    Technorati.com is featuring it on its Blog Focus.

    See more of Rick Blog’s BP articles here.   Rick Outzen has been a guest on Progressive Radio a number of times.  He is a coastal resident of Pensacola and writes for The Independent News there, as well as for the Daily Beast.  He has been going up and down the coast with regularity in search of the truth and sometimes, people or ex-employees just come up and tell him what is going on.

    Ya’ see, it’s like I said, the gov. needs BP tocontinue its obscene wars, soooooo . . . .!

    The destruction of the plankton and anenome, etc. are the food sources for much of ocean life, without it . . . . . !  


  2. …as usual Jamess.  Thanks!

    • Mu on August 19, 2010 at 14:26


     I said (paraphrasing myself):  “Why are we hearing nary a peep from anywhere about the oil plume in / under the Gulf of Mexico?”  I think I got 2, maybe 3, “recs” and then the comment was ignored and went away.

     Glad to see that this is, finally, getting the attention it deserves.


  3. …. help to break it down.

    MMS contracted with a bunch of federal contractor scientists from here and Canada to study the use of dispersants on oil spills before the Deepwater Horizon/ Macondo 252 blew out.   http://www.boemre.gov/tarproje

    They then kept using the Corexit dispersant at the oil well’s breach on the sea floor nearly a mile down, even when Lisa Jackson at first pretended that she understood it was toxic, and promised to tell BP to stop using it.  The oil that broke up underwater, never made it to the surface, duh.

    Should we believe that they never had tried this on a much smaller scale before and observed what happened to the oil ?  Does it rise, sink, or suspend ?  

    Out of sight, out of mind, beaches “look clean.”

    Spread further east than anyone thought ?  Heck, NASA and the Navy have satellite pictures showing the oil sheen doing just that, there’s even some of the oil going around the southern tip of Florida and heading up the Atlantic, as well as south to the Yucatan and then going back east towards Mexico and up the coast towards Texas.  That’s the sheen, of course there’s more underneath.

    What ought to spook people is that one of the people who was insisting on there being a much bigger oil plume travelling under the surface, Matt Simmons, was found dead in a hot tub recently, c.d. drowning, heart disease secondary factor.  Simmons was saying some crazy things before he died, was accused of trying to profit by stock sales, and could be said to have had a screw loose with his insistence that the well had leaked sideways for miles then erupted thru the seafloor, but still, he was correct in that there was a mass of oil underwater and un acknowledged by the government.

    Matt Simmons, age 67,  obituary



  4. I read & reccd your cross-post at DK yesterday.

    It does seem like some people shy away from reality or tend to ignore it.

    It`s hard to comprehend that some people think that because something is “dissolved” in water, it ceases to exist, as well as thinking that oil does “dissolve” in water.

    I`m glad you have not backed off from posting your informative diaries.

    Mine are just reminders of what we could lose forever, if we don`t keep the pressure on, although I`m very upset with the seemingly diminishing coverage of the gulf by the administration, the MSM, & the constant multimillion dollar propaganda on the TV by BP, that all will be well. (pardon the pun)

    • Mu on August 19, 2010 at 23:08


     According to this article, just hitting the wires.

    “WASHINGTON – A 22-mile-long invisible mist of oil is meandering far below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, where it will probably loiter for months or more, scientists reported Thursday in the first conclusive evidence of an underwater plume from the BP spill.

    The most worrisome part is the slow pace at which the oil is breaking down in the cold, 40-degree water, making it a long-lasting but unseen threat to vulnerable marine life, experts said.”


  5. Note the 3 demands the fisherfolks have:

     1) Stop the use of dispersants immediately.

     2) Keep fishing grounds closed until updated tests prove

        the seafood is safe.

     3) Give local commercial fishermen short and long term

        jobs starting immediately.

  6. People are pumping the gulf right into their suvs.

    Better fill up while you can.  

  7. from Earthjustice.

    Just today, university scientists presented findings that challenge EPA’s positive take on things. As the St. Petersburg Times reports:

    The oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster is still in the Gulf of Mexico and is causing ecological damage, according to new findings from the University of South Florida…the oil has become toxic to critical marine organisms.

    The Florida study also spotlights the unprecedented use of nearly 2 million gallons of dispersants. Toxic in their own right, the dispersants are also part of the ecological havoc, the findings suggest. . . . .

    Be sure to visit Earthjustice‘s link for more information and articles — they ARE on it!

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