Gulf Oil Spill Oil Reaches Loop Current

The NOAA announced that a “small” amount of oil from the BP oil spill has reached the Loop Current, a warm Gulf current that passes through east to the Florida Straits and could spread any oil up the East Coast.

In 10 days time it could start hitting Florida shores, probably in the form of tarballs.

On the bright side, the NOAA said, “the oil may get caught in a clockwise eddy in the middle of the gulf, and not be carried to the Florida Straits at all.”

Oil From Deepwater Horizon Spill Enters Loop Current -NOAA [WSJ]

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