Deepwater Horizon: Macondo spill oil volume shrinking

The “vast majority” of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico at the Macondo well is either evaporated, burned, skimmed, recovered, or dispersed says a government report.

Offshore staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The “vast majority” of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico at the Macondo well is either evaporated, burned, skimmed, recovered, or dispersed says a government report.

The study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of the Interior says one-third of the oil was mitigated, one-quarter naturally evaporated or dissolved, and 16% was dispersed naturally. Further the 26% remaining, most has washed ashore or been collected from shore, or is buried in sand and sediments. Early indications are that the oil is degrading quickly, says the report.

NOAA, DoI, and NASA will continue to monitor and account for the remaining surface oil and its impact.

08/04/2010

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