Deepwater Horizon oil could reach Atlantic Ocean, EnvironmentalResearchWeb, September 6, 2010:
Oil released by the Deepwater Horizon spill could reach the western North Atlantic Ocean by November. That’s according to researchers from the US and Germany who have modeled the transport of dye from the site.
“It is likely that small amounts of either oil or an oil-water-dispersant mixture will, at some time in the six months or so following the spill, make its way into the Gulf Stream and the North Atlantic,” Mat Maltrud of Los Alamos National Laboratory, US, told environmentalresearchweb. “In order to detect this, it would be necessary to make multiple sensitive measurements below the surface, for example in the Florida Straits, since concentrations will be low and mitigation efforts have been concentrated at the surface of the ocean.” ...
Maltrud is not aware of any cruises planned to sample oil or dispersant in the Florida Straits.
“Because of the use of chemical dispersants in the Gulf, it appears that by early August 2010, most of the oil remaining in the Gulf was subsurface,” said Maltrud.
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