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Jun 1, 2010 1:20 PM by Melissa Canone

BP Needs More Proof To Support Claims That Oil Plumes Are Underwater In Gulf

NEW ORLEANS, (AP) - A spokesman for BP PLC says the company
needs more proof to support claims by scientists that huge plumes
of oil are suspended underwater in the Gulf of Mexico.
CEO Tony Hayward said Sunday there was "no evidence" of the
plumes and that all the oil from the spill was floating to the
surface. Spokesman Graham MacEwen said Tuesday that BP is awaiting
analysis of water samples taken in the Gulf before making a final
determination.
Since an April 20 blowout aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling
platform, researchers from universities in Florida, Georgia,
Louisiana and Mississippi have reported plumes.
Rep. Edward Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, has asked BP
to back up Hayward's claim that they do not exist.

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