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Gulf Oil Spill
Tue November 23, 2010
Oil Spill Report Says Early Estimates Accurate
By Eileen Fleming
New Orleans, La. – The head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a new analysis shows chemical dispersants broke up about 16 percent of the total spill. Jane Lubchenco says that's twice the initial calculation. Some have raised concerns over the impact that the dispersants have had on the Gulf and on people's health.
"Now that we've had time to reflect, take into account more information, crunch the numbers, is a validation of the original numbers."
Lubchenco says the updated calculations do not indicate where oil remains, or what effect it's having on the environment. Tens of thousands of water and sediment samples are still being tested.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.