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View Diary: Tony Hayward issues Executive Order: Plumes do not Exist. (211 comments)

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  •  Another great piece of researching the facts (7+ / 0-)

    One more relevant point: the quantitative studies reported did not include dispersants as part of the mix. Add them in and they will make a complicated situation even more complex, but (IMO) will contribute to the neutral buoyancy status of the oil both by breaking it down into smaller droplets and by adding a denser component (the sulfonate detergent) to the particles. I've tried to find some data on the physical properties of these aggregates, so far with little luck. But as this issue becomes increasingly central to the magnitude of the penalty that BP will be liable for (that is, how much oil did they really spill), I'm sure we'll be hearing more about it.

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