Aug 26, 2010 7:00 PM by Shawn Kline

Oil beneath the surface? Thousands of boats in Gulf

More than a thousand Vessels of Opportunity are still scanning the Gulf of Mexico for traces of oil, but where are crews looking?
Four months after BP's oil disaster, there are no signs of crude from the air.

"We saw no large concentrations of oil," said Lt. Regina Caffrey of the US Coast Guard.

On the surface, it appears the Gulf recovered but Caffrey says they'll keep sending planes in the air as long as there's uncertainty.

"All the different agencies covered about 40 flights (this week)," Caffrey said. "We're going on several flights per week."

The Coast Guard had another fly-by Thursday morning. The plane passed over the area of Deepwater Horizon a number of times, but no traces of oil.
That however, doesn't mean we've recovered from the disaster.

"A lot of the focus is turning to subsurface oil." Caffrey says, "and that's what we're looking for."

"30-percent of the nation's energy and seafood come from this coast," Gov. Bobby Jindal said. "it's not only important to Louisiana, it's important to America that we bounce back."

With so much invested in the coastline, Governor Bobby Jindal says there needs to be a definitive answer before the state can completely recover- ecologically or economically.
"I have no doubt we'll come back even stronger than before." Jindal said, "we did it with Katrina, Rita and Gustaf."
Although no oil can be sighted on top of the water or in the water, clean-up crews don't believe it just disappeared; and until the oil is found or there's evidence to support the crude's dissipation, Lt. Caffrey and the Coast Guard wait and scout... looking for the oil to resurface.

"We'll be here as long as it takes."



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