The future livelihoods of those who work around the Gulf of Mexico depend on the condition of the Gulf waters following the worst oil spill in U.S. history. While the government heralds that the waters have miraculously cleared themselves of the crude oil, a new report by five marine scientists concludes almost 80 percent of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster remains in the Gulf ecosystem. If true, that means fishermen cannot safely return to work and businesses associated with the Gulf waters cannot safely reopen.
The government said in an August 4 report, that only one-quarter of the oil remained because the rest had evaporated, been skimmed, burned, or recovered.
The group of scientists studied data from the same National Incident Command Report, used by the government to paint the rosy picture. But these scientists found that it would be impossible for that much oil to have dissolved or evaporated because only the crude oil on the surface of the Gulf would evaporate. Large plumes of crude oil are still trapped below the water.
One marine scientist from the University of Georgia, Charles Hopkinson, says “The oil is still out there, and it will likely take years to completely degrade. We are still far from a complete understanding of what its impacts are.”
One positive note – the oil has not been caught in the Loop Current therefore is unlikely to bring oil from the Gulf to the Atlantic and up the East Coast.
If you or a loved one has suffered a loss of property and income due to the Deepwater Horizon oil explosion and spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Jacksonville oil spill economic loss attorneys at Farah & Farah will be happy to consult on your case and explore the many options for recovery.