Monday, May 17, 2010

Guest Essay: Oil will be in ocean for a long time

By Norman F. Barnes Posted: Saturday, May 8, 2010 5:39 pm

The recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill will be greater than we have ever had before, and certainly far greater than the Exxon Valdez catastrophe of 21 years ago.

The present discharge of some 200,000 gallons of oil a day is a tremendous amount, particularly when we know that the oil gush cannot be quickly shut off, taking months and working perhaps a mile below the surface of the Gulf waters.

Wow! What happens to all that oil? Where does all the oil go?

Those are difficult questions to answer. As horrendous as it may seem, many times this amount of oil enters the oceans each year, some billion and a half gallons of oil.....

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