Not Over

Oil Discovered on Gulf Floor

More evidence that we were a bit premature in celebrating the “disappearance” of most of the Gulf oil: Scientists have discovered that much of it is resting on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico in a one-to-two inch layer. "I did not expect to find this much. I didn't expect to find layers two inches thick,” said University of Georgia researcher Samantha Joye. Dead shrimp and other small animals were found beneath the oil; the sinking of the oil is obvious bad news for crustaceans and other bottom dwellers. The newly discovered oil has not conclusively been linked to the Deepwater Horizion oil spill yet, but several factors indicate that it is not oil from the natural seepage that occurs on the floor of the Gulf.