On the Surface, Gulf Oil Spill Is Vanishing Fast; Concerns Stay

On the Surface, Gulf Oil Spill Is Vanishing Fast; Concerns Stay

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Oil in the surf, Orange beach, Alabama, June 2010. Captions and Photo source: ©© David Rencher

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The oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be dissolving far more rapidly than anyone expected, a piece of good news that raises tricky new questions about how fast the government should scale back its response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The immense patches of surface oil that covered thousands of square miles of the gulf after the April 20 oil rig explosion are largely gone, though sightings of tar balls and emulsified oil continue here and there.

Reporters flying over the area Sunday spotted only a few patches of sheen and an occasional streak of thicker oil, and radar images taken since then suggest that these few remaining patches are quickly breaking down in the warm surface waters of the gulf…

Read Full Article, The New York Times

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