KATC reported that readings from WAVCIS indicate "submerged oil will be pushed out to sea, where it will then rise higher into the water column and be washed onto land."
"It is going to come on shore... in pulses because it is beneath the surface," said Gregory Stone, director of Louisiana State University's WAVCIS Program and Coastal Studies Institute.
"You may get one or two, maybe even five or 10 waves coming ashore with absolutely no oil," Stone said, "But eventually, it's going to come ashore."
KATC added, "He also cautions that whatever oil doesn't remain suspended in the water column may simply sit atop the seafloor, waiting to be mixed back into the currents."
Stone explained, "It will simply be stirred up during rough seas or changing currents and reintroduced into the water column."
"WAVCIS is among the most sensitive ocean observing systems in the entire nation," he said.
KATC concludes with these word from Stone, "This is a long term problem. It's not simply going to go away."
Read the report here: LSU's WAVCIS Director Says Oil Remains Below Surface, Will Come Ashore in Pulses, Katie Durio for KATC, September 8, 2010.