09 Jan '12, 8pm

Revisiting the Deepwater Horizon Plumes

Revisiting the Deepwater Horizon Plumes

Reuters Oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico in June 2010. Maybe the plumes were really clouds. I am talking about the famous plumes from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the event that roiled the Gulf Coast and scrambled energy politics in mid-2010. Many readers will remember reports, first carried in this newspaper , that a considerable volume of hydrocarbons released in the spill did not reach the surface of the gulf. Instead they dissolved into deep water, forming what appeared at the time to be enormous plumes of dissolved oil and gas. That first report met with initial denials from the oil company BP, confusion from the government and a rush by scientists to prove or disprove the plumes’ existence. Their existence was finally confirmed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration after reports from several scientific teams and a raft of subsequent evide...

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