Scientists find vast unreported oil leak from Deepwater Horizon

Sunday, May 16, 2010
By Paul Martin

Anne Barrowclough
TimesOnlineUK
May 16, 2010

From Times Online May 16, 2010

Scientists find vast unreported oil leak from Deepwater Horizon
(AP)
BP video shows oil and gas gushing 5,000 feet below the sea’s surface
Anne Barrowclough 39 Comments
Recommend? (18) A plume of oil 10 miles (16km) long, three miles wide and 300ft thick is pouring into the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

The plume is one of a number that scientists have found gushing into the sea a mile underwater, increasing concerns that the size of the spill could be thousands of times larger than has been previously calculated, according to The New York Times.

“There’s a shocking amount of oil in the deep water, relative to what you see in the surface water,” said Samantha Joye, from the University of Georgia, who is involved in one of the first scientific missions to gather information from the spill. “There’s a tremendous amount of oil in multiple layers, three or four or five layers deep in the water column,” Dr Joye told the newspaper.

After studying footage of the gushing oil scientists on board the research vessel Pelican, which is gathering samples and information about the spill, said that it could be flowing at a rate of 25,000 to 80,000 barrels of oil a day, or 3.4 million gallons a day. The flow rate is currently calculated at 5,000 barrels a day.

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