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As a counterpoint, I think it is likely that the red slicks also have tarballs. The more viscous oil is less dispersed, so that the slicks would have a similar amount of tar. Can anyone confirm this? Moreover, I would not be surprised if the the buoyancy of the tarballs is reduced by the dispersant's, which would explain the underwater movement that has been observed. This would be concordant with the article. The dispersant's are also likely to have an effect on the lake, and it is unfortunate, because we have never seen the used on such a massive scale. Make no mistake though, the red slicks likely indicate more cleanup.


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