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I don't want to have to read the 5 stories I have found on this oil spill. Besides the titles aren't going to allow this new update to fit the description.

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By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press Writer Matthew Brown, Associated Press Writer 51 mins ago.

NEW ORLEANS Independent scientists and government officials say there's a disaster we can't see in the Gulf of Mexico's mysterious depths, the ruin of a world inhabited by enormous sperm whales and tiny, invisible plankton.

Researchers have said they have found at least two massive underwater plumes of what appears to be oil, each hundreds of feet deep and stretching for miles. Yet the chief executive of BP PLC which has for weeks downplayed everything from the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf to the environmental impact said there is "no evidence" that huge amounts of oil are suspended undersea.

BP CEO Tony Hayward said the oil naturally gravitates to the surface and any oil below was just making its way up. However, researchers say the disaster in waters where light doesn't shine through could ripple across the food chain.

"Every fish and invertebrate contacting the oil is probably dying. I have no doubt about that," said Prosanta Chakrabarty, a Louisiana State University fish biologist.

On the surface, a 24-hour camera fixed on the spewing, blown-out well and the images of dead, oil-soaked birds have been evidence of the calamity. At least 20 million gallons of oil and possibly 43 million gallons have spilled since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sank in April.

That has far eclipsed the 11 millions gallons released during the Exxon Valdez spill off Alaska's coast in 1989. But there is no camera to capture what happens in the rest of the vast Gulf, which sprawls across 600,000 square miles and reaches more than 14,000 feet at its deepest point.

Every night, the denizens of the deep make forays to shallower depths to eat and be eaten by other fish, according to marine scientists who describe it as the largest migration on earth.

In turn, several species closest to the surface including red snapper, shrimp and menhaden help drive the Gulf Coast fishing industry. Others such as marlin, cobia and yellowfin tuna sit atop the food chain and are chased by the Gulf's charter fishing fleet.

Many of those species are now in their annual spawning seasons. Eggs exposed to oil would quickly perish. Those that survived to hatch could starve if the plankton at the base of the food chain suffer. Larger fish are more resilient, but not immune to the toxic effects of oil.

The Gulf's largest spill was in 1979, when the Ixtoc I platform off Mexico's Yucatan peninsula blew up and released 140 million gallons of oil. But that was in relatively shallow waters about 160 feet deep and much of the oil stayed on the surface where it broke down and became less toxic by the time it reached the Texas coast.

But last week, a team from the University of South Florida reported a plume was headed toward the continental shelf off the Alabama coastline, waters thick with fish and other marine life.

The researchers said oil in the plumes had dissolved into the water, possibly a result of chemical dispersants used to break up the spill. That makes it more dangerous to fish larvae and creatures that are filter feeders.

Responding to Hayward's assertion, one researcher noted that scientists from several different universities have come to similar conclusions about the plumes after doing separate testing.

No major fish kills have been reported, but federal officials said the impacts could take years to unfold.
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Good God, what has our society unleashed on our planet?
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The Obama Administration's complete failure to perform it's duties regarding this oil spill may have lasting inpacts that will last for years, decades or generations.

That is why you do not elect a president with no executive experience. I don't only blame BP and Obama, I also blame the ignorant fools who voted for Obama.
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The Obama Administration's complete failure to perform it's duties regarding this oil spill may have lasting inpacts that will last for years, decades or generations.

That is why you do not elect a president with no executive experience. I don't only blame BP and Obama, I also blame the ignorant fools who voted for Obama.
Do you also blame the Bush Administration for killing a criminal investigation into BP safety violations?
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I read somewhere today there is a plume of oil 3 miles deep from Galveston to Pensacola.
And it's not over yet.
BTW, Obie1 bashers, get a life!
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Do you also blame the Bush Administration for killing a criminal investigation into BP safety violations?
No. I don't have a case of Bush Derangement Syndrome.
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No. I don't have a case of Bush Derangement Syndrome.
But you do have a severe case of hypocrisy, because there is no derangement, just the fact that they killed a criminal investigation into BP safety practices that caused a spill in Alaska years ago.

Maybe if that investigation would of gone forward, we wouldn't have what we have in the gulf today.
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I have a neighbor I'm not overly fond of.
I think the whole thing is her fault.
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I blame the prick across the street whose wife wouldn't give me a jump one morning and I was late for work.
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