Small Part of Oil Slick Reaches Powerful Current

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Federal scientists say a small portion of the oil slick from the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico has reached a powerful current that could take it to Florida.

The Associated Press
This image from a video released by BP PLC shows oil and gas spewing from a yellowish, broken pipe 5,000 feet below the surface. The video released Wednesday gives a not-yet-seen glimpse of the leaking well a mile underwater.

ROBERT, La. (AP) - Federal scientists say a small portion of the oil slick from the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico has reached a powerful current that could take it to Florida.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists said Wednesday they have detected light to very light sheens in the loop current, which circulates into the Gulf and takes water south to the Florida Keys and the Gulf Stream.

The agency says that any oil would be "highly weathered" and could evaporate before reaching Florida. And it says the oil could never reach Florida at all.

But scientists say diluted oil could appear in isolated locations in Florida if persistent winds push the current toward it.


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