Coast Guard’s expert details two ways oil could reach the Tampa Bay area

Thursday, June 10, 2010
By Paul Martin

Oil Spill: USF professor weighs in on potential oil risk for Bay area, Channel 10 WTSP Tampa Bay:

[T]he Coast Guard called on [Bob Weisberg, professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of South Florida] for his expertise during this disaster. …

Oil washing ashore in Pensacola could pose a problem.

“Oil that’s already in shallow water in the Panhandle [could be] transported along shallow water pathways to us [in the Tampa Area],” said Weisberg.

That would be a slow process, but possible nonetheless.

Another possibility is that pieces of dispersed oil, called hydro-carbons, might move ashore along the bottom.

“They could upwell over the continental shelf… and eventually make their way here,” said Weisberg.

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