Yo BP – You Missed a Spot
British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon spilled more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. But during the “clean up” 10 million gallons went missing.
It’s been found: 10 million gallons of crude, settled at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, where it threatens the ecosystem, marine animals, and family fisherman.
The study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, found that 6 to 10 million gallons of oil from the spill are buried in the seafloor. The researchers measured the amount of carbon 14 — a radioactive carbon isotope that’s found in organic material but not found in oil — in an approximately 24,000 km² area of sediment near the spill site, a process which allowed them to see what parts of the sediment were low in carbon 14 and thus contained oil.
Millions Of Gallons Of Oil Settled At The Bottom Of The Gulf After BP Oil Spill, Think Progress