"Disappeared" Spilled Gulf Oil Discovered, Found Residing On Bottom Of GOM

Tyler Durden's picture

In recent weeks the administration has been fanfaring the tremendous success of discovering far less spilled oil in the GoM than one would expect. The fallacious conclusion dervied from this "fact" by Obama's henchmen is that the oil just went poof and disappeared, with even the president going spelunking in the GoM to prove just how safe it was. Well, we hope he didn't step on the ocean floor, because a new report by ABC discloses that "miles of oil is sitting on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico." It gets worse: 'Professor Samantha Joye of the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia, who is conducting a study on a research vessel just two miles from the spill zone [ZH: and must have been one of the +/- 2 US marine scientists who were not put on BP's payroll in the last two months], said the oil has not disappeared, but is on the sea floor in a layer of scum. "We're finding it everywhere that we've looked. The oil is not gone," Joye said. "It's in places where nobody has looked for it." So yes, if one was wondering why the administration is not finding oil... perhaps looking for it where it actually is may help.

More from ABC News (no, not some doomsayer fringe blog):

All 13 of the core samples Joye and her UGA team have collected from the bottom of the gulf are showing oil from the spill, she said.

In an interview with ABC News from her vessel, Joye said the oil cannot be natural seepage into the gulf, because the cores they've tested are showing oil only at the top. With natural seepage, the oil would spread from the top to the bottom of the core, she said.

"It looks like you just took a strip of very sticky material and just passed it through the water column and all the stuff from the water column got stuck to it, and got transported to the bottom," Joye said. "I know what a natural seep looks like -- this is not natural seepage."

In some areas the oily material that Joye describes is more than two inches thick. Her team found the material as far as 70 miles away from BP's well.

"If we're seeing two and half inches of oil 16 miles away, God knows what we'll see close in -- I really can't even guess other than to say it's going to be a whole lot more than two and a half inches," Joye said.

This oil remaining underwater has large implications for the state of sea life at the bottom of the gulf.

Joye said she spent hours studying the core samples and was unable to find anything other than bacteria and microorganisms living within.

"There is nothing living in these cores other than bacteria," she said. "I've yet to see a living shrimp, a living worm, nothing."

The poor president: walking on 2 inches of oil, eating 93 octane shrimp, all just to prove to his gullible voters that all is well. We are starting to fear for his health.

And some more revalations about the administration's disgusting handling of the media circus surrounding the oil spill, via the Associated Press (read the full story at this link):

WASHINGTON – The federal government hired a New Orleans man for $18,000 to appraise whether news stories about its actions in the Gulf oil spill were positive or negative for the Obama administration, which was keenly sensitive to comparisons between its response and former President George W. Bush's much-maligned reaction to Hurricane Katrina.

The government also spent $10,000 for just over three minutes of video showing a routine offshore rig inspection for news organizations but couldn't say whether any ran the footage. And it awarded a $216,625 no-bid contract for a survey of seabirds to an environmental group that has criticized what it calls the "extreme anti-conservation record" of Sarah Palin, a possible 2012 rival to President Barack Obama.

The contracts were among hundreds reviewed by The Associated Press as the government begins to provide an early glimpse at federal spending since the Gulf disaster in April. While most of the contracts don't raise alarms, some could provide ammunition for critics of government waste.

The administration has released details of about $134 million in contracts, a fraction of the hundreds of millions of dollars it has spent so far. BP has reimbursed the U.S. $390 million, company spokesman Tom Mueller said. The government sent BP a new invoice for $128.5 million last week.

The White House is still deciding whether it will bill BP for spill-related trips by Obama and his wife, Michelle, to the Gulf, including the president's flights aboard Air Force One, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars each.

The contracts the government has disclosed so far include at least $5.8 million for helicopter services, $3.2 million for hotel rooms, $1.4 million for boat charters, $33,000 for oil-measuring devices aboard ships, $441,621 for cellular and satellite phone services, $25,087 for toilets, $23,217 for laundry services and $109,735 for refrigerators and freezers.

Yet the government's new contracting data includes errors and vague entries that make it difficult to identify wasteful spending. It spent $52,000 on a boat charter described merely as "marine charter for things," with no further explanation. A separate $90,000 contract for a single 70-pound anchor is listed incorrectly; the contractor told the AP it actually supplied hundreds of anchors.

A White House spokesman, Ben LaBolt, declined to comment on the contracts.

Among all the contracts, perhaps none is more striking than the Coast Guard's decision to pay $9,000 per month for two months to John Brooks Rice of New Orleans, an on-call worker for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, under a no-bid contract to monitor media coverage from late May through July.

Rice told the AP that he compiled print and video news stories and offered his subjective appraisal of the tone of the coverage.

"From reading and watching the media I would create reports," he said. "I reported either positive coverage, negative coverage, misinformation coverage."

The Coast Guard provided the AP with a copy of two of Rice's printouts of news stories but didn't respond to a request for copies of his reports rating the tone of news stories. Rice said he had already deleted them. The AP requested copies of all Rice's reports under the Freedom of Information Act but hasn't received them.

The Coast Guard expects BP to reimburse the $18,000, Coast Guard spokesman Capt. Ron LaBrec said.

The Coast Guard said it didn't ask for competitive bids because it urgently needed the work done. In the newly released federal data, the government didn't disclose Rice's name, instead misidentifying him as "miscellaneous foreign contractors."

Such contracts have caused problems for the government in the past. The Obama administration abandoned a $1.5 million contract in August 2009 with a public relations firm, Washington-based Rendon Group, that assessed work by journalists for the Defense Department before embedding them with troops in Afghanistan. And the Clinton administration in 1995 ordered Energy Department officials to cancel a $46,500 contract with a consulting company, Carma International, that ranked reporters who covered the agency, a practice that the White House concluded was "unacceptable and will not be tolerated."

Rice said he wasn't on duty for FEMA or drawing a government salary when he worked for the Coast Guard. He monitored news coverage for FEMA during the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and a former FEMA co-worker recommended him for the Coast Guard contract, he said.

The head of a public relations firm in Baton Rouge, La., John T. Rice of Common Sense Communications, questioned the wisdom of the government spending $18,000 to track coverage of the spill, particularly in the Internet age when stories can be monitored easily online.

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NOTW777's picture

derek zoolander school for obamites who cant find oil good

kathy.chamberlin@gmail.com's picture

magic shrimp trick, switcharoo. right, zerØbama ate the shrimp raw, from the bottom of the oil spill floor of the GOM. you shouldn't fear for his health, but for his fate and destiny.

redpill's picture

Out of sight, out of mind.  God bless Corexit.

Dirtt's picture

Bite your tongue.  Bless Corexit?

I'm all for satire but the Gulf Of Mexico is worse than sewage.  We are way beyond laughing matters.

redpill's picture


Au contraire, the most sinister aspects of the worst sculptures are most clearly visible when exposed with the sharp chisel of dark satire.  We need it now more than ever.


Battleaxe's picture

Is the name Corexit supposed to be derived from "Corrects It" or "Core Exit"?

Probably the latter, because once consumed it makes your bowels drop out of your a**hole!

kathy.chamberlin@gmail.com's picture


death by bowel droppage.

thesapein's picture

My Latin isn't the best, but:

cor = heart

exit = death

Some of us were warned.

LoneStarHog's picture

The only thing that went POOF! is Matt Simmons.

spoutinghorn's picture

Isn't unrefined crude a natural substance?  Doesn't crude oil naturally "leak" from the ocean floor?

merehuman's picture

Gee, doesnt oil just naturally float on top!?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Nice to see you around MH.

That's what the BP shills constantly told us as they bemoaned our stupidity and illogical reasoning skills. Not to mention all the conspiracies we endlessly discussed, like plumes of oil in the GOM and the sea bottom covered in oil.

Personally I would like to water board a few of them with Quaker State 5W-30 to see if they can also eat it like all those microbes they talked so much about.

Dirtt's picture

If we aren't going to chop their heads off then perhaps castration is the perfect consolation.

goldfish1's picture

Is "chopping off the heads of their offspring" too much dark satire?

defender's picture

The reason that the oil sinks is that the lighter compounds are more mobile and water soluble.  As the light compounds mix with the cor-exit (which is covering the outside of the blob) little droplets come off and dissolve/float to the surface.  As more light compounds leave the oil mass, the density increases until the whole thing sinks to the bottom.  The large amount of sand that was in the oil when it came up just speeds the whole process up.

I can't imagine that this wasn't anticipated.  The entire underwater mass that was floating towards Florida is most likely no longer floating.

thesapein's picture

You didn't read the ABC article. Go read it, then come back, and maybe say something nonsensical. 

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

When I was in NO (pre-Katrina) everything down there seemed to be immersed in petroleum.  From the smell in the air to the feel of the water it felt like oil was everywhere.  Sure, it's a massive over-simplification, but from what I saw the entire area just oozes oil. 


I may not have the expertise of Dr. 'Mandy' on this (http://www.marsci.uga.edu/directory/mjoye.htm) but like CAPTCHA says:

Professor + Oil (typically) = Agenda


I don't question for a minute that the oil isn't still out there (where the hell else would it go?) but the place has been leaking oil for a lot longer than we've all been here.  Un-natural seepage or not, my guess is the world will go on....for now.

thesapein's picture

Ah, the old omnipresent musk of New Orleans... I remember, too. But that was from being at the mouth of the Mississippi, not your 6th sense or hallucinations of a entire city covered in oil.

I would caution against ignoring scientists simply because they work at universities. Private scientists may be better in some ways, but you're handicapping yourself if you ignore any one else with a differing agenda and morality.

Eureka Springs's picture


I went down to NOLA a couple of weeks into it.. stayed with the president of the United Commercial Fisherman, spoke with many fisherman who were out there every day, and we scoured hundreds of miles as close to the shore as possible. To compare the state of ooze and fumes before the spill to what happened during is beyond absurd. As alarming as the toxins in the air and the instant sickness it caused (dispersants or fumes from the volcano itself, or both, I couldn't say) were, the overwhelming show of force from military to every conceivable branch of police, guard, Barney Fife from multiple states and game and fish set up to protect BP and Haliburton was astonishingly fascist.

The very fact we know so little and that anyone could claim what the President claimed ( I don't see it so it's not there) proves what readers here know about the state of both our government and media today.


Just like the banksters there should be scores of top of oil men lined up in orange jumpsuits and even more so the government officials who help cover this all up. Cynical as I am I am still amazed at how well this all went for the three - media, gov., corporations.


ZackAttack's picture

That place is like a steambath in a sewer 8 months out of the year. The smell of petroleum was likely to be an improvement.  

Dirtt's picture

No shit.  If the world were going to stop - moron - don't you think we'd know by now?

Professor + Oil = Agenda?  Yeah. Especially the ones who take money from BP

Scientists + Empirical data = Evidence

Not every human being is a sell out like you.

RobotTrader's picture

More proof that "Peak Oil" is a myth.

Sheesh, its gushing out of control, that one reservoir alone had so much pressure that it took months to cap it.

Now we have huge blobs of it floating underwater in the GOM.

Who knows how many more gushers are out there waiting to be tapped.

Internet Tough Guy's picture

And if a water pipe in your house bursts it's prove that you live on a lake. Silliest arugument4eva. 

Shameful's picture

 How did all those dead dinosaurs get down under the gulf anyway?  Seems like there must have been a lot of them to make all this oil...

Jerome Lester Horwitz's picture

Better yet, how did all those dinosaurs travel to other planets. Isn't it odd that hydrocarbons are created naturally on other planets and celestial bodies but here on Earth they are created by dead dinosaurs?



MichaelG's picture

Those are only very simple ones like methane (1 carbon atom, 4 hydrogens) or ethane (2 C, 6 H), rather than crazy long-chained and/or ringed molecules like you get in crude on Earth. So basically the dinosaurs synthesised the more complex ones in early undersea laboratories before leaving in giant spaceships about 4,000 yrs ago.

BorisTheBlade's picture

More proof that "Peak Oil" is a myth.

Struggling to understand the logic, if anything the Gulf Oil disaster is a perfect reinforcement of Peak Oil theory - easily accessible oilfields are drying out and oil companies have to drill underwater in very complex geologic conditions with much higher risks and exploration costs. On top of that, you have a collateral damage in the form destroyed sea life, which is not only a concern for environmentalists, but for all those working in the coastal areas.

All in all, oil is becoming more and more expensive and market price of the barrel of it is just a fraction of the real cost.

RecoveringDebtJunkie's picture

And let's not forget the fact that the entire Macando resoirvoir would satisfy global oil consumption for a whole 12 hours!

Zero Debt's picture

yeah...peak oil "bottomed" out finally...

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

It's official. RobotTrader has been kidnapped and his/her ZH ID hijacked.

BorisTheBlade's picture

It's too bad, I'll miss those graphs and girls he used to post. I don't know what more of the two: http://www.zerohedge.com/article/green-shooting-girls-who-are-less-bad

kathy.chamberlin@gmail.com's picture
by Cheeky Bastard
on Fri, 08/07/2009 - 18:42


not true, look more closely. i have cursed, insulted people, been a bigot and wrote in a foreign language and all my posts are still there ... check again ...


graphs, girls and cheeky.

BorisTheBlade's picture

yes, Cheeky, probably the best thing that happenned to zh.

kathy.chamberlin@gmail.com's picture

past tense. i want him p r e s e n t tense.

B nice, anyway.

RoRoTrader's picture

No worry CD, she is all tied up.......I have a pair of scissors and am about to cut the bra straps........too bad I cannot share with you, but this is all mine. HaHa!

thesapein's picture

I'm not sure I understand what peak oil means. Doesn't it have more to do with the pacing of producers vs consumers and less to do with what's known to exist. The process of finding and extracting oil is taking longer, these days, than the rate at which it is used, right?

And why are we always talking about peak oil and not peak other things, like gold?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Regarding Gold, of all the Gold mined and refined each year, very little is actually "consumed" but is instead hoarded. And much of what is "consumed" is recycled.

It's been estimated that over 90% of all the Gold mined since man starting playing with shinny objects still exists today in the form of jewerly, bullion, coins etc. Can't say the same thing about oil and other commodities that are produced to be "consumed".

thesapein's picture

Great! We'll never run out of gold!

There's more than enough for everybody?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Didn't say that. All I said was that it isn't "consumed" in the same manner as oil or food. The world's economic system depends upon oil at "reasonable" prices. The world doesn't require Gold to conduct business..........at least not yet.

I've been studying the history of Gold from non traditional sources. Man's attraction to Gold goes back 10's of thousands of years, not the five thousand (back to Egypt) we are taught. There are some interesting theories about Gold being quite abundant deeper down in the earth.

thesapein's picture

Okay, but that kind of goes without having to say it, for me.

About our ancient history, the Egyptians, Greeks, etc., were post-civilizations that sprang up after rising sea levels and floods wreaked havoc on the greater civilizations that came before. The story is told to us, over and over again, from ancient writings, and now we have geological evidence, underwater "dig" sites, an understanding of ice ages, and, well, a lot of things are coming together to reveal stuff like that the Sphinx's head was originally the same as the leo body and built over 10 thousands years ago.

What's that about more gold below? That one is new to me.

tip e. canoe's picture

you referring to the Abzu?  if so, that's quite a deep wormhole you jumped into, especially when you consider it's the same area where the homo sapiens evolved.

redpill's picture

In short, yes.  If it is primarily used for ornamental items or a store of wealth, you don't need to have an ever-increasing rate of new supply because you can keep using the same gold.  Even if the face of a rising population, it just means the gold itself becomes more valuable, making it even less likely to be consumed for an industrial or consumable purpose.

That's the primary difference between gold and oil.  Oil is consumed almost immediately, and for a vast array of products.  Once the speed of the consumption conveyor gets going faster than the production conveyor, a demand/supply imbalance can occur very quickly causing rapid price volatility.  We've gotten a bit of a relief since the days of $150 barrel oil because the global economy collapsed and demand went down.  But it's only a matter of time before we re-test the oil price ceiling; it's inevitable.

I think people get confused about Peak Oil and what the more immediate ramifications are.  It's not a matter of the "world running out of oil" that should be on anyone's mind.  There are vast amounts of oil under the ocean and elsewhere that have not yet been discovered.  The problem is that it takes an INCREASING AMOUNT of time and money to get to the new deposits.  This means it is likely the trajectory of oil production has already peaked globally sometime in the last couple of years.  We haven't realized the ramifications of that yet, because global economies have been so weak.  

As western civilization declines and reorganizes, and emerging economies become the dominant source of economic growth, there will be a new struggle for resources, primarily oil.  The process of finding replacements for many of the oil-based products and fuels we buy is going to be a long one, and essentially it hasn't really begun in earnest.  Which means there is going to be a tumultuous period of oil scarcity that will push up prices and create all kinds of problems for various economies. 

The US is in a particularly bad situation, because we are not likely to see very robust growth here any time soon, and yet we will see oil prices rise just the same because there WILL be vigorous growth in other parts of the world that do not have the same demographic challenges, unfunded and unsustainable social program liabilities, and structural sovereign, state, local, and private debt problems we do.

-273's picture

Well explained regarding the oil/economic situation. As I guess you know, the Hirsch report outlines what you wrote in more detail. Cheney's energy task force report which is still confidential despite many attempts to free it probably painted an even bleaker picture.


Ned Zeppelin's picture

I actually have a fragment of the transcript of the Cheney Energy Task Force proceeding, but it's only the very end - still, it paints a tantalizing picture:


"OK, then, it's unanimous - we invade Iraq. Now where's a motion to adjourn to the Tombs for a frosty one?"

"So moved."


"All in favor?"

(in unison) "aye"

"Get me the <inaudible> out of here."



thesapein's picture

That sounds like the long version of what I was saying on oil, so agreed.

However, about gold, the actual situation is just too obvious for people to notice. If you think about it, peak gold already came and went. This is why it is "horded." Otherwise, it would be trading with silver as an industrial metal and also not be recycled. We'd be seeing it used in electronics, building materials, decor, and less use of the inferior metals. After peak silver is fully realized, silver will also be "horded" and kept on reserve during this production cycle.

Anyone else see big oil reserves as an ominous sign of hording?

tip e. canoe's picture

"making it even less likely to be consumed for an industrial or consumable purpose."

that is unless the boys of brookhaven have stumbled upon "something wonderful"



kathy.chamberlin@gmail.com's picture

more studies to find out, we aren't in control of the universe. carry on, chaps

tip e. canoe's picture

true dat, but study above may help explain WHY gold has held such an allure across human societies throughout recorded HIStory.

kathy.chamberlin@gmail.com's picture



When the gold nuclei, traveling at 99.999% of the speed of light, smashed together, the plasma that resulted was so energetic that a tiny cube of it with sides measuring about a quarter of the width of a human hair would contain enough energy to power the entire United States for a year.

powerful stuff

tip e. canoe's picture

well HIStory was intentional in this case.  question is, what was before HIStory?   and does gold have something to do with the transition into HIStory?