Multiple sightings of 'strangely textured' oil from Biloxi to Mobile
Ben Raines with another intriguing report for the Press-Register.
Raines goes over some of the findings of a team of scientists working for attorney Stuart H. Smith who explored the Mississippi Sound earlier this month.
"I’d never seen [oil] that thick before. It looked like cauliflower [PHOTO]. I had never seen it that texture before," said Jerry Moran, a photographer who made the trip with the scientists.
"This weathered oil was encountered in the Mississippi Sound near Biloxi on August 9," reported Raines.
The scientists found that the cauliflower-like oil "tested positive for several of the main ingredients in the Corexit dispersant," according to the article.
Marco Kaltofen, part of the science team that found the oil told Raines, "I consider this to be very interesting scientifically, as few samples detect dispersant, much less three of their major ingredients in the same sample."
The scientists also said, "Results from the tests, which were conducted in a Colorado laboratory, indicated the oil was from the Deepwater Horizon well."
"Press-Register reporters encountered a similar material — strangely textured oil with a pronounced sheen — in Mobile Bay and Mississippi Sound several times in July and early August. The day before Moran’s group found the dispersant and oil mix, the Press-Register documented oil in a marsh on Horn Island," according to the report.
“It is difficult to comment on testing conducted by third parties... Throughout the response period, we have worked hand-in-hand and under the direction of the Coast Guard and EPA on the use of dispersants,” wrote a BP spokeswoman in an e-mail to the Press-Register. The federal government maintains that "no dispersant products have been used near shorelines in Alabama or Mississippi."