Researchers estimate that roughly three-quarters of the oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico is still dangerously concentrated in the water, a claim that disputes official word from the government that much of the oil has been safely dispersed.
"The federal National Incident Command, which has been coordinating clean-up efforts, reported earlier this month that the damaged well had spewed about 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf before it was capped. Half of that oil had been safely burned off, skimmed, or directly recovered and another 25% had evaporated or dissolved, the federal researchers said.
Both the UGA assessment and the federal calculations it contradicts are estimates based on incomplete information. Federal researchers cautioned that their results would be refined as better information became available."
The researchers have found that up to 79% of the oil and related toxins are still in the waters of the Gulf.
Amtrak Ramping Up Infrastructure Projects
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Ending Downtown San Francisco’s ‘Doom Loop’
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Proposal Would Transform L.A.’s ‘Freeway to Nowhere’ Into Park, Housing
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Opinion: Fare Evasion Punished Disproportionately in California
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Seattle Passes Downtown Zoning Reforms
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Report: U.S. Biking Boom Slows
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