June 8th, 2010
02:43 PM ET

Underwater plumes confirmed as BP oil collection climbs

CNN Wire Staff

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Water samples from the Gulf of Mexico have confirmed low concentration oil plumes below the surface and miles away from the ruptured BP well head, the head of a federal ocean monitoring agency said Tuesday.

Analysis of water from three sites show that "there is definitely oil sub surface" in "very low concentrations," said Jane Lubchenco, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"We suspected that, but it's good to have confirmation," Lubchenco said.

BP had said earlier it had found no evidence of subsea oil.

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  1. Kirsten Verdi, San Antonio, TX

    Of course there is subsea oil It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out! BP will not stop playing games. Kudos for the scientists!!!!!!!!

    June 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm |