Geochemist featured on PBS Newshour reports hydrocarbon remnants raining down near oil disaster
University of California Santa Barbara scientist and marine geochemistry expert Dr. David Valentine participated in a 10-day expedition to research the BP oil disaster.
Valentine noted that the area around the spill site "had a cloud of smoke hanging over it at all times". The cloud was composed of surface burn smoke and the methane flair-up.
He said the burns form "one thick mass of clouds, and when it rains, a lot of junk comes down from the particulate".
Read the full July 24, 2010 article on Dr. Valentine in the Santa Barbara Independent: Soot in the Sky, Gas in the Water
Here is a July 22, 2010 clip from PBS Newshour: