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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Quotes of the day

deepwater controlled burn.JPG“What I get is 25,000 barrels a day coming out of that tiny hole — that’s a 1.2-inch hole.”

Steve Wereley, of Purdue University, says BP’s estimates of 5,000 barrels a day leaking from the Deepwater Horizon accident site are probably wrong. He can’t see “any possibility, any scenario under which their number is accurate” (NPR).

“In the time it would take for oil to travel to the vicinity of the Florida Straits, any oil would be highly weathered and both the natural process of evaporation and the application of chemical dispersants would reduce the oil volume significantly. However, the oil may get caught in a clockwise eddy in the middle of the gulf, and not be carried to the Florida Straits at all.”

NOAA says the oil may not have a big impact on Florida, despite growing fears.

“It seems baffling that we don’t know how much oil is being spilled. It seems baffling that we don’t know where the oil is in the water column.”

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle calls for more science on the Gulf spill (NY Times).

“Some of Professor Katz’s controversial writings have become a distraction from the critical work of addressing the oil spill. Professor Katz will no longer be involved in the Department’s efforts.”

A spokeswoman for US Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu confirms that Jonathan Katz, of Washington University, has been removed from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill science team, because of his controversial comments on subjects such as homosexuality (St Louis Post-Dispatch).

Image: controlled burn on 19 May / US Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer John Kepsimelis

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