LSU confirms oil from BP well; feds collect samples, Press-Register, September 26, 2011:
While the source of the oil bubbling up around the Deepwater Horizon site remains a mystery, a Louisiana State University scientist says further chemical analysis has confirmed that the oil originated in BP’s well, and not from other nearby sources, as federal officials have suggested. [...]
“Yes, the oil that you took was confirmed as MC252, but it does not necessarily mean it is in any way related to the (Deepwater Horizon) spill. Most of the oil throughout the region can be preliminarily identified as MC252 type,” the [Sept. 15 email from Ben Sherman, a NOAA spokesman] read. Sherman went on to say that NOAA’s Scientific Support Coordinator had consulted with the LSU chemists and determined that the oil might not be from the BP well.
Overton said federal officials were wrong. He said he rechecked the newspaper’s oil samples using the more refined analysis recommended by BP’s scientists and federal officials. [...]
Ed Overton, LSU chemist who did most of NOAA’s oil analysis during the spill:
- "They were suggesting I had jumped the gun when I said it matched (BP’s well)."
- "They are incorrect. I have double-checked, and I am even more convinced after using the suggestions that BP made that this was the Macondo oil. I think it is 99.9 percent confirmed that it came from that reservoir."
- “It is a dead-ringer match. I was amazed that the ratios matched as good as they did.”