What's happened to the oil in the gulf?

08/05/10 Robert Lorei
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Reporter Craig Pittman of the St. Petersburg Times wrote in this morning's paper that:

"The federal government - which has had to repeatedly revise its estimate about how much oil has gushed into the gulf from the Deepwater Horizon disaster - announced Wednesday that "the vast majority" of the oil appears to be gone.

Most of the estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil that spewed out of the collapsed well has "either evaporated or been burned, skimmed, recovered from the wellhead or dispersed," according to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Interior Department.

Independent scientists scoffed at the report's findings. Several pointed out that the report estimates that a quarter of the oil is still floating in the gulf or contaminating beaches and marshes, while another quarter was dispersed, either with chemicals or naturally.

In other words, half of it, or about 2.5 million barrels, is still unrecovered."

We're joined now by Steven Hamburg, who is the chief scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, to talk about what happened to the oil.

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