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BP CEO disputes claims of underwater oil plumes

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VENICE, La. (AP) -- BP CEO Tony Hayward is disputing claims by scientists that large undersea plumes have been set adrift by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and he says the cleanup fight has narrowed to surface slicks rolling into Louisiana's coastal marshes.

 

He says BP's sampling shows "no evidence" that oil was suspended in large masses beneath the surface. He didn't elaborate on how the testing was done.

Hayward says "The oil is on the surface," explaining that "oil has a specific gravity that's about half that of water." He says "It wants to get to the surface because of the difference in specific gravity."

Scientists from several universities have reported plumes of what appears to be oil suspended in clouds stretching for miles and reaching hundreds of feet beneath the Gulf's surface.

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