It's beginning to look as though the Deepwater Horizon disaster may not be the deathknell for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. As long as no one overreacts and calls for drilling bans, as Florida Governor Charlie Crist did this week, our drilling efforts could soon resume. In the meantime though, the usual suspects are grasping at and amplifying any bit of bad news (ht: Quirk). If you read the link carefully, you'll see qualifying statements like this
While they have detected the plumes and their effects with several types of instruments, the researchers are still not sure about their density, nor do they have a very good fix on the dimensions.In any case, the pressure to extract that oil will be intense, maybe too intense for the enviro lobby to resist.
Given their size, the plumes cannot possibly be made of pure oil, but more likely consist of fine droplets of oil suspended in a far greater quantity of water, Dr. Joye said. She added that in places, at least, the plumes might be the consistency of a thin salad dressing.