Jun 23, 2010 8:13 PM by Chris Welty
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal report confirms what independent
scientists have been saying for weeks about the Gulf oil spill:
Undersea oil plumes extend for miles from the ruptured well.
The report may help measure the effectiveness of spreading
chemicals to break up the oil.
Government researchers released a summary Wednesday of water
sampling conducted last month near the site of the leaking well.
It describes a cloud of oil starting around 3,300 feet deep up
to 4,600 feet deep and stretching up to 6 miles from the well.
Levels of oil and gas within the cloud are significantly higher
than concentrations closer to the surface.
The Environmental Protection Agency says there's been no
significant harm to sea life, but marine scientist Vernon Asper of
the University of Southern Mississippi says the levels are enough
to kill fish.