Scientists: Gulf oil not gone, 80 percent remains

Georgia researchers say the government misinterpreted data, most of the oil still lurks beneath surface

Published August 16, 2010 11:35PM (EDT)

Georgia scientists say their analysis shows that most of that BP oil the government said was gone from the Gulf of Mexico is still there.

The scientists say as much as 80 percent of the oil still lurks under the surface. The Georgia team said it is a misinterpretation of data to claim that oil that is dissolved is actually gone. The report from University of Georgia and other scientists came from an analysis of federal estimates.

Earlier this month federal scientists said that only about a quarter of the oil remained and the rest was either removed, dissolved or dispersed.

By Associated Press

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