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July 31st, 2010
07:31 PM ET

Where is the Oil?

We're hearing a lot about the vanishing oil in the Gulf of Mexico.  Millions of gallons spilled from the ruptured BP well.  But now you can hardly find it.

CNN's Jim Acosta is filling in for Fredricka Whitfield this week.  He talked to charter boat captain, Mike Frenette, who says the oil may be out of sight, but is still a very real problem.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Donald Sisco

    What about under the water where all the fish and other wildlife live.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  2. Bill from Florida

    The EPA showed a graph this morning detailing where the oil has gone. If you look closer at the graph with 4 bars, you will see that only one of the bars shows oil that has been removed from the gulf. The other bars try to show oil that has been dispersed or gone into solution or stayed in mixture. This is the danger that we face – an EPA that is quick to sway peoples minds by a clever use of statistics or graphical display of data. The bottom line is that what could be the major part of the oil has gone into solution or stayed in a mixture hanging just below the surface. The oil is still in the gulf, it is just not in a form that people can see and the government and oil interests are trying to keep that fact from the public. I am happy the well appears under control, but misdirecting peoples attention serves only to keep the people blissfully ignorant.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  3. Bill from Florida

    My comment above should include NOAA and not just the EPA. The content of the comment is still valid.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  4. Mike Halling

    "Dispersed" does not mean "gone". It only means that the particles are so small that they cannot be seen. It's still there in the water of the Gulf, and awaits slow natural degradation into other chemicals. You wouldn't want crude oil "dispersed" into your drinking water.

    August 4, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  5. Todd Harpham

    So they've accounted for 3/4's of the spilled oil? Great! That leaves us just another 52,000,000 gallons to account for.

    August 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  6. justme1000

    Do they think we are dumb enough to believe....the oil is out of sight ..... so it must be GONE??

    The pictures of the massive fish kills have been left out of the national headlines. The disposal of whale & dauphin bodies have been left out of the national headlines. WHY???

    There are pictures in different places of the government preping the area on Dauphin Island, Alabama to dispose of the many whale bodies. The entire area was sealed off to cameras and public viewing....but it happened !! Why hasn't someone reported of this !!??!!
    The general public has NO IDEA of the real dangers of the oil coming to shore under the surface of the water.
    There were pics just today of a family that was slimed around a "safe area" of Dauphin Island.

    August 10, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
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