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Oil Spill Tail Now South of Tampa, Tar Balls Found in Key West


The shot of the oil slick above was taken by a NASA satellite yesterday at 12:40 pm EDT. A zoom of a similar shot shows that the newly-formed tail of the spill extends south of Tampa, Florida.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Tar  Tar balls have been found near Key West, Florida. They are being tested:

"Scientists are worried that oil is getting caught in a major ocean current that could carry it through the Florida Keys and up the East Coast. The Coast Guard says the Florida Park Service found the tar balls on Monday during a shoreline survey. The balls were 3-to-8 inches in diameter. Coast Guard Lt. Anna K. Dixon said no one at the station in Key West was qualified to determine where the tar balls originated. They have been sent to a lab for analysis."

BP claims it is now catching some of the oil, but who knows if they are telling the truth

"The company said that it would now be able to capture 1,000 barrels of oil a day after inserting a small tube into the end of the broken pipeline lying on the seabed. Official estimates put the spill at 5,000 barrels of oil a day, but some scientists say the spill could be as much as 100,000 barrels daily. BP says there is no way to measure it accurately. BP began funnelling some of the leaking oil and gas using the tube yesterday. The tube, 4 inches in diameter, has been inserted into the 21-inch diameter pipeline."

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  1. Should we wait for facts before getting outraged?

    Posted by: Diogen | May 18, 2010 11:12:08 AM

  2. Wait for facts, Diogen? BP isn't allowing the scientific community inside to measure the damn thing. How can we wait for the facts when BP won't allow us to collect them? We need to be outraged now, so BP even *let's* us have the facts.

    Posted by: Ryan | May 18, 2010 4:45:02 PM

  3. The tar ball issue being in the keys is nothing new. Not making light of the BP situation. However tar balls have been floating in the water of the keys I know since 87. When I worked down in the keys you had to lemon joy the tar balls off your skin. The BP mess is typical of what they have a very lax maintenance program

    Posted by: christoper | May 18, 2010 7:13:17 PM

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