Underwater cloud of oil moving southeast, 142 miles from Deepwater Horizon blowout


MSNBC, June 8:

Clouds of oil have been found drifting underwater in the Gulf of Mexico as far as 142 miles from the wrecked Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, government officials said Tuesday.

At a briefing, Jane Lubchenko, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said that tests conducted at three sites by a University of South Florida research vessel confirmed oil as far as 3,300 feet below the surface.

The oil was found 42 miles northeast of the well site and also 142 miles to the southeast. ...

This is the first time the presence of oil plumes has been confirmed by a government agency. ...

Lubchenco said the oil could be compared to ash from a volcano, with the liquid rising in a plume and then forming an underwater cloud that drifts about the currents, NBC reported.

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/37572167/ns/disaster_in_the_gulf/

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