Gulf oil spill: NOAA ship to study underwater oil plume, Cousteau says it’s a nightmare (video)

Environmental News Examiner, May 26, 2010
By Marilyn Crain

As BP prepares to try a top kill, which the British oil company calls its best chance to stop the oil that continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, it’s a matter of “wait and see” if it works. Whether the procedure, one that has never been tried at this one-mile depth, is successful or not, the work to drill two new wells to permanently end this disastrous rupture.

Today, the Unified Command announced a mission to study what’s happening to the oil and dispersants as they flow out underwater in the Gulf. “The NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter, a 224-foot fisheries research vessel, will embark on a water column and fisheries sampling mission in the Gulf of Mexico using its sophisticated sonar equipment to help define the plume near the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill site and adjacent waters. The mission is a collaborative project between NOAA, the University of New Hampshire, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the University of South Florida.”

Earlier this week, Sam Champion of ABC and Philippe Couseteau Jr, the son of Philippe Cousteau and grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, went on a mission of their own. The video below is the result. It’s an up-close look at the underwater world of the Gulf contaminated by oil and the dispersants used to treat it.

Watch the video of Cousteau’s dive

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