Small Part Of Oil Slick Reaches Powerful Loop Current

Federal scientists say a small portion of the oil slick from the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico has reached a powerful current that could take it to Florida.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists said Wednesday they have detected light to very light sheens in the loop current, which circulates into the Gulf and takes water south to the Florida Keys and the Gulf Stream.

The agency says that any oil would be "highly weathered" and could evaporate before reaching Florida. And it says the oil could never reach Florida at all.

But scientists say diluted oil could appear in isolated locations in Florida if persistent winds push the current toward it.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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The Coast Guard says tar balls that floated ashore in the Florida Keys aren't linked to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

A report released Wednesday says tests by a Coast Guard laboratory show the tar balls don't match the type of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. The source of the tar balls isn't known. Tar balls can occur naturally or come from other sources such as ships.

Twenty were found Monday and several others Tuesday.

Government scientists who surveyed the Gulf on Tuesday said tendrils of light oil were near or already in a powerful current that could take it to Florida. The loop current circulates in the Gulf and takes water south to the Florida Keys and the Gulf Stream. But most oil remains dozens of miles away from the current.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Bubba Location: Not ENC on May 19, 2010 at 07:06 PM
    The number of ignoranuses on this board is frightening! OSOC and Bon, you guys really need to stop watching FOX news for nutcases.
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on May 19, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    Enough already! This is starting to sound like a bad B movie. Beware "The Slick" oooooohh lol....
  • by The flood Location: Winterville on May 19, 2010 at 03:18 PM
    Yes, all the easier to pass cap and tax oops I mean trade and institute an offshore drilling ban.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 19, 2010 at 01:18 PM
    Bon, the US Coast Guard can fine BP and get money out of the deal....you gettin it? They would love to link this to the rig, however, like NC where a lot of ships have gone to the bottom, compliments of Hitler's Submariners, they leak oil. The kind of oil the US Coast Guard found in the tar ball. Oil from rigs, is not processed into diesel fuel yet. Don't let your rave over a lack of knowledge become the rant of a fool...
  • by tug Location: New Bern on May 19, 2010 at 12:53 PM
    to Bon, Do some research and educate yourself. What the flood says is exactly true. They can track the oil to a fuel tank in my vessel, it all has markers that can be detected. It has been estimated that over 200k gallons a day seep out of the ocean floor and into the gulf. Its a natural occurrence. It also seeps into rivers in northern Canada out of the natural tar sand deposits. Drilling up there has actually reduced some of it allowing wildlife to reclaim the area.
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2010 at 12:50 PM
    The flood, I know that.But it seems kind of funny of the timing DONT IT.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on May 19, 2010 at 12:49 PM
    Crude oil from different areas is dramatically different in its makeup. You can actually look at photos from the Valdez (Alaska) and the Gulf and see the difference. This is just everyday folks looking at a picture. People that deal in crude everyday know the difference. It is actually sold based on its differences.(ie light sweet crude, brent crude)
  • by Pee-d Location: martin co on May 19, 2010 at 12:35 PM
    calmdown Bon ! it's not the end of the world.just think of all the oil spilled in the ocean during the world wars and the other wars from sinking ships downed planes and Lord knows what other stuff was dumped in the ocean.We will overcome this! I would'nt run out and stock up on water no time soon,storing it in plastic is bad for you.We still have a few old open wells around, the ones birds perch above and animals fall in theres plenty of water to drink.My grandparents survied on it long enought to keep the family tree growing.
  • by Bon Location: Greenville on May 19, 2010 at 11:11 AM
    LIES LIES LIES!!! Argh! This makes me so angry, I am trying to hold back my cursing like you wouldn't believe. This is BS! BS! BS! How can they they tell? Huh? its all the same! It doesn't matter if its from Rig A of Rug C, its the same oil! LIES! Eat your grass sheeple. Enjoy it while you can
  • by The flood Location: Winterville on May 19, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    It comes from the ocean. There were tar balls floating up onto the beach long before anyone was doing any drilling. This is a natural substance that seeps into the ocean all the time without the aid of a drill. All drilling could stop right now and tar balls would still wash up on shore for the rest of time.
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