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SmashMouth 09-06-2012 03:16 PM

Tests confirm oil washed ashore during Isaac came from BP spill
 
Laboratory tests show that globs of oil found on two Louisiana beaches after Hurricane Isaac came from the 2010 BP spill.
Tests run by Louisiana State University for state wildlife officials confirmed that oil found on Elmer's Island and Grand Isle matched the biological fingerprint of the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed from BP's Macondo well.
On Wednesday, BP PLC said oil from its spill had been exposed by Isaac's waves and that the company would work to clean it up.
Ed Overton, the LSU chemist who did the state tests, said the oil found on Elmer's Island had not degraded much while oil at Grand Isle had.
"Both were good solid matches on Macondo oil," Overton said.
Two other samples collected from another barrier island did not match the signature of oil from the BP well.
Experts expected that hurricane waves would stir up oil buried along the Gulf Coast and that Isaac, which made landfall on Aug. 28 and soaked the region in the days afterward, apparently did just that. Reports of tar balls washing up on beaches after the storm were reported in Alabama and Louisiana, two states that got hit hard by BP's massive offshore oil spill.
On Tuesday, scouts found what they described as a large tar mat on the beaches of Elmer's Island, prompting state officials to close a 13-mile stretch of beach and restrict fishing along that shoreline.
Still, Overton said the discovery of the buried oil does not mean that the Gulf is seeing a repeat of the summer of 2010, when oil was spewing from an out-of-control well about 55 miles off the Louisiana coast.
"This is not oil everywhere," Overton said. He said the difference between the amounts of oil being exposed now by Isaac and what the Gulf saw in 2010 is "night and day."
Still, he said more oil was likely buried in other places along the coast, perhaps as deep as 3 feet. He said the difficulty for cleanup crews has been finding and removing buried oil.
About 100 pounds of tar balls collected on the Alabama coast after Isaac are being tested at Auburn University, which has a contract with local government to assess the material. Researcher Joel Hayworth said a full chemical analysis isn't yet complete, but the new tar deposits appeared "remarkably similar" in composition and consistency to tar found on state beaches during and immediately after the BP spill.


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QBREES9 09-06-2012 08:32 PM

Re: Tests confirm oil washed ashore during Isaac came from BP spill
 
BP man

Ashley 09-08-2012 01:34 AM

Re: Tests confirm oil washed ashore during Isaac came from BP spill
 
Really who would have thought that???

Halo 09-09-2012 10:04 PM

Re: Tests confirm oil washed ashore during Isaac came from BP spill
 
No chit Sherlock. BP oil spill was like the biggest in history.
Oil will be showing up in the gulf for the next 50 years.

Mardigras9 09-10-2012 01:40 PM

Re: Tests confirm oil washed ashore during Isaac came from BP spill
 
yeh, no big surprise there.


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