Gulf Oil Spill: University Study Contradicts Government Estimates, Up To 79% Of Oil Could Remain

AP/Huffington Post

A group of scientists say that most of that BP oil the government claimed was gone from the Gulf of Mexico is actually still there.

The scientists believe that roughly three-quarters of the oil (70% to 79%) still lurks under the surface. The research team, affiliated with the University of Georgia, said that it is a misinterpretation of data to claim that oil that has dissolved is actually gone or harmless. The report was based on an analysis of federal estimates, but the Wall Street Journal notes that it hasn’t been published or peer-reviewed yet.

Charles Hopkinson, who helped lead the investigation, claims “the oil is still out there, and it will likely take years to completely degrade.” The UGA marine sciences professor, and director of the Georgia Sea Grant, added, “We are still far from a complete understanding of what its impacts are.”

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