The major media outlets are reporting today that a group University of Georgia scientists, which includes Dr. Samantha Joye, says around 3/4 of BP's oil is still in the Gulf of Mexico. Five days ago we reported on similar findings by a Florida university, “150 million gallons remain”; USF professor says 75 percent of oil has yet to be found. Thankfully, today's news appears it will have a greater impact.
The Associated Press reports, "Five Georgia scientists who reviewed the data said Monday that instead of only 26 percent of the oil remaining, as a federal report said earlier this month, it's actually closer to 80 percent."
University of Georgia marine scientist Chuck Hopkinson, head of the program analyzing the data, said, "Where has all the oil gone? It hasn't gone anywhere. It still lurks in the deep," according to the AP.
The Wall Street Journal adds, "The group said it was impossible for all the dissolved oil to have evaporated because only oil at the surface of the ocean can evaporate into the atmosphere and large plumes of oil are trapped in deep water."
Bloomberg reports on statements by a program manager at Sarasota's Mote Marine Laboratory, Chemist Dana Wetzel, who said the government's conclusion felt like the "closing credits of a movie." "It's like they were saying 'the end'... I'd say we have just gotten through setting up the plot.”
"The scientists who said that as much a 79 percent of the oil is still in the Gulf of Mexico said their estimates don’t include oil known to have washed into coastal wetlands because such crude is too difficult to measure," Bloomberg adds.