Is oil leaking from the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf?

09/01/11 Robert Lorei
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The Mobile Press Register newspaper reported last week that:

"Scientific analysis has confirmed that oil bubbling up above BP’s sealed Deepwater Horizon well in recent days is a chemical match for the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed into the Gulf last summer.

"The Press-Register collected samples of the oil about a mile from the well site on Tuesday and provided them to Ed Overton and Scott Miles, chemists with Louisiana State University.

"The pair did much of the chemical work used by federal officials to fingerprint the BP oil, known as MC252.

"“After examining the data, I think it’s a dead ringer for the MC252 oil, as good a match as I’ve seen,” Overton wrote in an email to the newspaper. “My guess is that it is probably coming from the broken riser pipe or sunken platform. ... However, it should be confirmed, just to make sure there is no leak from the plugged well.”

"In an emailed statement, BP officials wrote that the company had a vessel stationed at the site all day Thursday but never saw any oil."

Here to talk about the slick in the Gulf is Mark Ferrulo of Progress Florida. the group has put up a website to track the latest news about the oil disaster: Spill Baby Spill

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