According to multiple sources, officials confirmed Tuesday that oil plumes from the BP spill are lurking in the water. Testing confirms that underwater plumes have formed with oil as far as 3,300 feet below the surface 42 miles northeast of the site and 142 miles southeast.
According to the LA Times, "The federal researchers aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) vessel Thomas Jefferson stressed that they could not conclusively say the oil is linked to the BP leak until water sample tests are completed. The initial findings were based on tests using sophisticated sound-monitoring and fluorescent scanning equipment that detects the presence of crude oil underwater."
Although a recently installed containment cap has been place on the stricken BP wellhead there's some debate about how much oil is still escaping as video feeds continue to show a dark geyser. BP will be switching out the current cap with a bigger one next month that can capture more oil.