Das hätte ja PR-technisch gut gehen können: 800 Millionen Liter Öl sollten mal eben verschwunden sein, so BP.

Aber jetzt dreht sich wieder das Informationsblatt und Wissenschaftler finden die giftige Suppe in der Tiefsee und an den Stränden.

ABC-News: Oil Spill: Were BP and the Government Too Quick to Declare Success?

Aug. 17, 2010

While BP’s well in the Gulf of Mexico remains plugged, new information suggests that plenty of oil remains in the waters and possibly headed toward shore.

Scientists at the University of Georgia now say that as much as 80 percent of the leaked crude could still be somewhere below the water’s surface, according to an estimate by the university, based on federal data. The scientists say that even if oil has been dissolved, it’s hardly gone from the ocean environment.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that patches of oil have been seen in the marshes of St. Bernard Parish, and off the coast of Plaquemines Parish. Tar balls and oil sheen turned up when the bottom of Bastian Buy was disturbed.

Meanwhile, the Daily Beast reports that fishermen hired by BP are still finding tar balls, but they’re under orders to hide their discoveries in a cover-up.