04 Sep '11, 6pm

A Storm of Anxiety About Fresh Oil Batters the Gulf from @NRDC's blog: Our world is in trouble if coast guard missed it

In the Gulf, another maelstrom has hit. But the tropical storm Mother Nature has brewed is not the top concern on some resident’s minds. They're more worried about the threat of fresh oil sighted near BP’s Macondo well 40 miles offshore. The fact there is oil and sheen in the water now is irrefutable . After weeks of denial the Coast Guard has finally admitted it's there. But where it’s coming from and how much is bubbling up from the seabed is still very much in question. BP and the Coast Guard say there is no indication the oil sheen spotted recently—linked by some scientists to BP--is coming from a leak in the Deepwater Horizon well. But some speculate it could be coming from a crack in the seabed created by the explosion and three-month blowout that poured 170 million gallons of crude into the Gulf last year. Bonny Schumaker, a former NASA scientist and founder of On W...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rkistner/a_storm_of_anx...

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