Scientists: “Endless stream” of oil product coming ashore — Surface oil AND seepage from below the sand

Scientists say oil still endangers birds, Houma Today, October 17, 2010:

Audubon science teams conducted surveys in 23 areas… along the Louisiana coast.

What the teams found:

  • Surface oil…
  • Oil seepage coming from pockets inches below the sand on most beaches that were hard-hit by oil during the spill.
  • ‘[T]ar mats’ just below the waterline that they say are sending a seemingly endless stream of new tar balls ashore.
  • All of remaining oil-related threats were in close proximity to areas with large bird populations, Audubon scientists said… “Birds aren’t wired to avoid threats from oil, and even if they look healthy now, we can’t begin to predict all the health and reproductive effects that could show up later,” said Melanie Driscoll, Audubon’s Louisiana Bird Conservation director and survey team member.

6 comments to Scientists: “Endless stream” of oil product coming ashore — Surface oil AND seepage from below the sand

  • premurderedGOM

    Oil became heavier than water when dispersed. Right? Where in the hell do people think 150+ million gallons of heavy oil went? It’s seeping into everything underground and lying on the bottom, waiting. It can’t evaporate. But the hydrocarbons can. It can’t be “cleaned up by mother nature”or anything else. It can move around and rip the loop current to shreds. Kill more animals /people. Destroy air quality. Contaminate drinking water. You ain’t seen nothing yet.

  • It’s great to hear there’s life that is still involved in their life-cycles — there around the periphery. I know it’s gone, so please let’s just cherish the life that remains.

    David Yarnold: Audubon President & CEO said, “… it’s going to take years of monitoring just to understand and start dealing with the long-term impacts of the oil — and they’re just part of a bigger threat.”

    Mr. Yarnold, I say to you that you already are aware of the long-term impact; large oil spills have taken place in many countries over many decades — including the United States, and these oil spills have left their signature of impact and destruction. So, you do know — and you’re being dishonest!

    This is not a “giant uncontrolled science project.” Not yet. The government needs to expand it’s mega-gardens of algae first; then the new fuel.

  • premurderedGOM

    I just found out the dispersant “strips” the oil of toxic materials and leaves them in the water. I feel sick.

  • premurderedGOM,

    That’s interesting. I read here that the dispersant nestles itself into the oil molecules, and sets about snipping small groups of itself (oil & corexit) down to small clusters and breaks away from the larger floating or submerged oil mass.

    In doing this break-a-way, the oil and corexit is just as plentiful as ever, but it is now in such small clusters that it can float forever — both in and above the water.

    However, as we’ve seen, the combination IMHO, when cooled — recombine with the massive amount of oil and corexit that it had abandoned previously when it had downsized.

    We’re beginning to see tarmats and ribbons again, plus huge columns of oil deep in the gulf. Either the oil is fresh or not. I believe it is both.

  • xdrfox

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