The Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service is the government agency charged with approving and supervising offshore oil drilling operations. While the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico continues to grow, scientists are trying to find where the oil is going. It turns out the Minerals Management Service (MMS) had long ago thought about this problem and conducted a “field test” 10 years ago to determine what might happen. Their finding: the oil could form underwater plumes that drift below the surface unseen.
Below is the presentation by an MMS official, who worked for “retiring” MMS head Chris Oynes, describing a “field test” the industry performed on the possibility of a deepwater blowout. Read Firedoglake’s full report on this presentation: “Did MMS/Oil Industry Predict Subsurface Plumes in Deepwater Blowout?”