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Photographer Rich Matthews takes a closer look at oil

Journalist dives into Gulf, can only see oil
It takes 30 minutes to clean off after diving into ocean 40 miles from shore
By RICH MATTHEWS, Associated Press Writer June 9, 2010

Eeewwwh!!   WHAT was he thinking!

Hope you have a De-tox tank, handy, Rich Matthews -- you're going to need it!

Photo Credit: June 7, 2010 photo, APTN photographer Rich Matthews takes a closer look at oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, in the Gulf of Mexico south of Venice, La.. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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APTN photographer Rich Matthews takes a closer look at oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, in the Gulf of Mexico south of Venice, La.. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

MSNBC - Updated: 5:54 a.m. ET June 9, 2010

but wait this intrepid Reporter goes deeper ...

Be prepared to be shocked and amazed ...

Disaster in the Gulf
Journalist dives into Gulf, can only see oil
It takes 30 minutes to clean off after diving into ocean 40 miles from shore

Rich Matthews takes a closer look at oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico south of Venice, La.

Rich Matthews tells the errie tale ...

Dropping beneath the surface the only thing I see is oil. To the left, right, up and down — it sits on top of the water in giant pools, and hangs suspended fifteen feet beneath the surface in softball sized blobs. There is nothing alive under the slick, although I see a dead jellyfish and handful of small bait fish.
I also want to get out of the water. Badly.

I make my way to the back of the boat unaware of just how covered I am. To be honest, I look a little like one of those poor pelicans we've all been seeing for days now. The oil is so thick and sticky, almost like a cake batter. It does not wipe off. You have to scrape it off, in layers until you finally get close to the skin. Then you pour on some Dawn dishwashing soap and scrub. [...]

Anyone for a Dip?  The Water's fine ...

Video: AP Exclusive: Scuba Diving in the Gulf Oil Spill
The Associated Press

Well, that was CREEPY!  (thanks Rich Matthews, Al Walker, and Scott Porter, for taking one for the team!)

I need a bath, after watching that!  My skin's still crawling. Eeewwwh.

And all those wispy strand of "whatever" floating through the Depths -- WHAT IS THAT!?

They aren't "quickly rising to the surface", like BP has told us they would, whatever they are?

But wait, there's "no evidence" such underwater oil even exists, according to BP -- as of today, STILL!?

Of course BP has a little problem, with the Topic, of Evidence.

Scientists challenge BP containment claims
Cast doubt on statement that device could capture 'vast majority' of oil, June 8, 2010

Some scientists are taking issue with BP's statement that a containment cap placed over a gushing well could be capturing "the vast majority" of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

They suggest it's misleading, if not irresponsible, to make such a statement when the company has acknowledged it doesn't know how much oil is flowing from the busted well, or how much the spill rate has increased since engineers cut a riser pipe so it could properly fit the containment cap.

"I don’t see that as being a credible claim," said Steve Wereley, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University and a member of the Flow Rate Technical Group, a national panel of scientists and engineers tasked with determining the spill size.

"What I would say to BP is, show the American public the before and after shots of the evidence on which they’re basing that claim," Wereley told on Tuesday.

"I do not know how BP can make that assertion when they don’t know how much oil is escaping. I would say that statement is their hope and aspiration," added Ira Leifer, a researcher in the Marine Science Institute at the University of California Santa Barbara who is also a member of the flow-rate panel.

Good questions, from the Govt Flow Team.  Where in the world is BP's Evidence for their claims? ... you can't have it both ways, playing dumb on one hand, and knowing everything, on the other.

But I guess they don't have time for that now -- too many other "semantic games" to play for the camera, these days.

Let's not forget there's a serious PR Battle being waged too. One for the Hearts and Minds of Viewers (and Customers) ...

BP contradicts government claim on oil plumes
Company's COO says apparent differences may be due to semantics
NBC News and news services, June 9, 2010

BP’s chief operating officer Doug Suttles denied reports of underwater plumes of oil Wednesday, one day after government scientists confirmed the existence of oil beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.

"We haven’t found any large concentrations of oil under the sea. To my knowledge, no one has," Suttles said on NBC News’ TODAY show.
"It may be down to how you define what a plume is here," he said.
NOAA describes the plumes as consisting of "very low concentrations" of oil. The agency's boats are in the Gulf to gather additional samples, said Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"The bottom line is yes, there is oil in the water column," Lubchenco told a briefing in Washington.

Hurray for Jane Lubchenco, she finally called a Plume -- a Plume!  

Three cheers for NOAA!

Hey BP spokesman Suttles, Good luck with the semantic hair-splitting. It's WAY beyond that now, for such tactics, in my opinion

Besides the EPA's own tests, put the Toxicity Levels for Oil+Corexit in the 2-3 ppm range.

These "Low Concentration Plumes" MATTER - Big Time!  (as Cheney would say.)

And please don't try denying the use of Underwater Dispersants, now BP, the Response Center has been tracking this, too:

DATE: June 08, 2010 08:47:12 CST
Operations and Ongoing Response - June 8, 2010

Surface dispersant used: more than 790,000 gallons

Subsea dispersant used: more than 331,000 gallons

Total dispersant used: more than 1,121,000 gallons

Dispersant available: more than 480,000 gallons

BP don't you know Evidence matters -- in a Fact-based Society?

Rachael Maddow would rather go to the Source, to get her Facts.

Here she interviews the Marine Scientist studying the Plumes for NOAA, Samantha Joye
This Interview is quite good. Chalked full of Science.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow - Univ. of GA Marine Scientist Samantha Joye: The Plumes

you can follow the work of this dedicated Marine Scientist here:

Gulf Oil Blog:
The migrating undersea plume
UGA Department of Marine Sciences

And now for the work of another dedicated Journalist, trying to cover this crude story, including its very REAL and UGLY impacts it is having on the Gulf Coast Environment:

From the clip:

354 oiled birds, found alive in Louisiana so far;  the number Dead ??

165 people authorized to go out and help these birds ... in 52 boat ...

Wildlife Officials would like to get more help here, but they "first need to find lodging" for any extra help.  (some place for them to stay.)

Anderson is rightly stunned, that he was prevented from filming the New Oiled Birds, being brought in today.

Federal Wildlife Officials say, they don't want the TV Crews to do anything to "Upset the Birds", which was not "the rule" a week ago, as his footage from last week, shows.

Anderson Cooper:

Exactly why Federal Officials now make it impossible to get pictures like this, is not clear to us.

This is the Reality of what Oil does to birds.

This is the Reality everyone should be able to see.

that kind says it all.

This is the Reality ... that everyone should be able to see.

I doubt those poor Birds are Camera-shy, at this point, their careers.

So why is our speech, being abridged? ... Hmmmm?

Must be a good reason for it somewhere ... let me consult the Disaster Handbook ...
I'll get back to you if I figure it out.

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 09:15 AM PDT.

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