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May 24th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Exclusive: CNN cameras go deep for oil slick images

(CNN) – Dozens of ships are steaming toward the site of the oil spill in the Gulf today. In two days, they're expected to begin a "top kill" operation to plug the spewing well. Meanwhile, the debate over dispersants is raging. The EPA has ordered BP to switch to a less toxic product, but the oil giant is refusing. We've seen the damage that's been done on shore and on the ocean surface, but now we're bringing you exclusive pictures of the slick below sea level.

Filed under: Environment • Exclusive • Gulf Oil Spill
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  1. Diane

    My family are from Great Britian . This oil spill is so disgusting , I am
    so embrassed . I have boycotted anything to do with BP . And I think
    everyone else should BOYCOTT BP . So Sad ----–Diane

    June 5, 2010 at 1:57 am |
  2. Louise Corbett

    What would happen if a large pipe/hose were placed-clamped- whatever around the outside of the pipe coming out of the bottom of the gulf of Mexico? This would capture all of the oil spilling out of the pipe and carry it to a waiting oil tanker on the surface. Why can't that be done? Or is it to easy?

    May 25, 2010 at 1:01 am |
  3. Smith in Oregon

    With a whopping 50% of the seafood, shell fish, shrimp and oysters coming from the Gulf of Mexico region specifically where the enormous heavy crude Oil spill occurred, the chances that any American continuing to eat seafood, shrimp and oysters are going to consume contaminated seafood is 50-50. That is extremely HIGH ODDs.

    More and more American's are becoming angry and upset as they realize a large portion of the food chain has been poisoned, toxified and are faced with either consuming contaminated seafood or entirely doing without it for many decades.

    The chances US Lawmakers will force seafood providers to LABEL point of origin stickers is extremely unlikely, meaning they won't help American consumers seeking to entirely seek non-Gulf of Mexico seafood in the market.

    Gardeners for decades have known that while discarded TIRES make a nice raised garden bed for ornamental plants, if you plant tomatoes and other edible crops in the earth poured into a discarded tire, the resulting crops contains contaminated Petrol-Chemicals from the discarded car tire which leeches into the soil and collected by the plants. Ending up in your food chain in a toxic fashion.

    50% of the heavy crude Oil specifically gushing into the once pristine Gulf of Mexico contains Asphalt which almost immediately sinks beneath the Ocean's surface and coats enormous sections of the undersea floor with that toxic material. In effect it turns thousands of square miles of the Gulf of Mexico into a discarded TIRE which leeches out those toxic Petrol-Chemicals into the food chain which is the fish, sea-life, shrimp, oysters, crabs, mussels etc. and from there to YOU.

    CNN Should begin responsible reporting on Petrol-Chemical poisoning, what organs are effected, what are the signs of acute and chronic poisoning from Petrol-Chemicals. PEOPLE deserve to know the truth and not some BP spin-misters telling them it is OK to consume chemicals that lead to a higher level of stomach and colon cancers.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  4. Cris Br

    BP has been so secretive about their oil spill since day 1. First they said it was 1,000 barrels a day. Then 5,000 a day after a challenge from the authorities. Now it becomes clear that the oil is 50 feet deep under the water surface instead of just being on the water service.

    Surely BP saw how deep under the water service the oil was the first day they put their cameras out there. Then why they have been so secretive all that time.

    I wonder if BP ever disclosed how many barrels a day were produced under controlled conditions on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Maybe if we know that number we can calculate more accurately the free flow from the pipe. If BP was producing more than 5,000 barrels a day under controlled conditions then obviously they were lying about the amount of oil gushing into the ocean since day .

    May 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm |