Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Great news! U.S. Finds Most Oil From Spill Poses Little Additional Risk

"A government report finds that about 26 percent of the oil released from BP’s runaway well is still in the water or onshore in a form that could, in principle, cause new problems."

That means there's only 53.3 MILLION gallons of oil in the gulf that could, in principle, be a problem.

Granted, in the same article-

“I think we don’t know yet the full impact of this spill on the ecosystem or the people of the gulf,” Dr. Lubchenco said.

Among the biggest unanswered questions, ( Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) said, is how much damage the oil has done to the eggs and larvae of organisms like fish, crabs and shrimp. That may not become clear for a year or longer, as new generations of those creatures come to maturity."


Graphic from the NYT 8/4/10

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