US scientists claim 74% of BP oil spill gone

By Phaedra Friend Troy

US scientists claimed Wednesday that 74 percent of the oil spilled from the deepwater Macondo well is gone from the Gulf of Mexico, reported Reuters. 

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The remaining quarter of the oil spill is in the form of sheen on the water’s surface or tarballs, the scientists continued.

The US-backed scientists published the report “BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Budget: What Happened to the Oil?”, which claims that the majority of the spilled oil has been collected, evaporated or dissolved.

The report reveals that a quarter of the spilled oil has been collected, a quarter has naturally evaporated or dissolved, and a quarter has washed ashore, where it has been collected by oil spill clean-up teams.

Obama Administration official Carol Browner spoke with the ABC “Good Morning America” news show on Wednesday, touting successes in the oil spill containment.

“The good news is that the vast majority of the oil appears to be gone,” said Browner, Director White House Office on Energy & Climate Change. “That’s what the initial assessment of our scientists is telling us – the containment, the burning, the skimming – it worked.”

This news accompanies the effective deployment of the static kill on the Macondo well Tuesday night, where drilling fluids were pumped into the well to control the hydrocarbon pressure.

A final bottom kill on the runaway MC252 well via the first relief well is expected by mid-August.

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