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    Tar balls in Florida not from oil spill

    NEW ORLEANS, May 19 (UPI) -- Tar balls that washed ashore in the Florida Keys were not from the oil leak spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, officials said Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, heavy oil from the spill in the gulf reached the Louisiana marshland as BP worked to drain off oil gushing from the well on the sea floor.

    The tar balls -- ranging in size from 3 inches to 8 inches in diameter -- were found Monday and Tuesday at Zachary Taylor Park in Key West and sent to a laboratory in Connecticut for analysis.

    The U.S. Coast Guard said tests "conclusively show" that a sampling of the tar balls doesn't match the oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, The Miami Herald reported. Their origin, however, remains unknown.
    Tar balls in Florida not from oil spill - UPI.com

    How could this be? Is it possible that there are other oil leaks in the Gulf?

    In a paper presented at the 2000 Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, and titled Estimates of Total Hydrocarbon Seepage into the Gulf of Mexico Based on Satellite Remote Sensing Images, one researcher estimated that 500,000 barrels of oil seep into the Gulf each year, twice the result of the Exxon Valdez spill. That seepage is not addressed by any government, and mitigation efforts are non-existent.
    500,000 Barrels of Oil Leak into Gulf of Mexico - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com

    I wonder how much of this BP will have to "mitigate"?
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    Re: Tar balls in Florida not from oil spill

    Their origin, however, remains unknown.


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    Re: Tar balls in Florida not from oil spill

    Well... lets just hope we haven't accidently released godzilla...

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    Re: Tar balls in Florida not from oil spill

    Oil and tar balls wash up on beaches in California all the time. It's a natural process. The sea floor spews oil constantly.

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    Re: Tar balls in Florida not from oil spill

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Oil and tar balls wash up on beaches in California all the time. It's a natural process. The sea floor spews oil constantly.
    Much more likely some ship dumped its oil off shore.. that is much more realistic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Much more likely some ship dumped its oil off shore.. that is much more realistic.
    And why pray tell would some random ship dump oil in the Gulf?

    Oh no lads! Our tanker is over loaded! Better poor of a couple thousand gallons of oil. No one will ever know!
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    Re: Tar balls in Florida not from oil spill

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Oil and tar balls wash up on beaches in California all the time. It's a natural process. The sea floor spews oil constantly.
    Is this fact? i had a feeling it was impossible for these oil balls to conveniently show up right after a different BP oil spill.

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    WRAPUP 3-US to check BP spill size, heavy oil comes ashore | Reuters

    msnbc this morning put up some spine chilling pictorials

    60 minutes sunday showed a journalist in a boat reaching his hand out into the goo and pulling up a glob that musta been a half gallon, all congealed

    obama's katrina is turning into chernobyl

    My Way News - Oil's arrival in loop current has Fla. on edge

    what, other than exempting epa studies and expediting drilling permits, has the white house done to address this disaster?

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    Re: Tar balls in Florida not from oil spill

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    And why pray tell would some random ship dump oil in the Gulf?

    Oh no lads! Our tanker is over loaded! Better poor of a couple thousand gallons of oil. No one will ever know!
    Used oil. Not freshly pumped crude. (I would imagine anyway)
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    Re: Tar balls in Florida not from oil spill

    I heard yesterday on the radio that a scientist analyzed the video they showed of the pipe being fitted on the leak in an effort to siphon some of the oil. He concluded by slowing the video and looking at the pixels to judge how fast the oil was coming out and how much was coming out that the leak is the equivalent to the Exxon-Valdez spill every 4-5 days.

    That's unbelievable. Louisiana is starting to get hit hard, I have a feeling this is going to get much uglier before it gets any better.
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