Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wait! What?

ABC News reports that

BP Oil Spill:

Clean-Up Crews Can't Find Crude in the Gulf

After talking to  a bunch of confused talking heads, they reveal the Mystery Of The Missing Crude:

Still, it doesn't mean that all the oil that gushed for weeks is gone. Thousands of small oil patches remain below the surface, but experts say an astonishing* amount has disappeared, reabsorbed into the environment.
"[It's] mother nature doing her job," said Ed Overton, a professor of environmental studies at Louisiana State University.
The light crude began to deteriorate the moment it escaped at high pressure, and then it was zapped with dispersants to speed the process along. The oil that did make it to the ocean's surface was broken up by 88-degree water, baked by 100-degree sun, eaten by microbes, and whipped apart by wind and waves.
h/t to Lyle at View from North Central Idaho.  
*Note that "astonishing" is the word the "journalist" used, not any of the experts quoted...

1 comment:

Mike W. said...

Wait, but I thought this was supposed to be the worst environmental disaster ever!....or something like that.

Lord knows the oil haters wanted this to be 100 times worse than it actually was.