Saturday, November 6, 2010

Coral, Marine-Life Devastation Near BP Oil Spill Indicates Much Worse Long-Term Damage Than Feds Had Admitted

Cain Burdeau
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — For the first time, federal scientists have found damage to deep sea coral and other marine life on the ocean floor several miles from the blown-out BP well – a strong indication that damage from the spill could be significantly greater than officials had previously acknowledged.

Tests are needed to verify that the coral died from oil that spewed into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, but the chief scientist who led the government-funded expedition said Friday he was convinced it was related.

"What we have at this point is the smoking gun," said Charles Fisher, a biologist with Penn State University who led the expedition aboard the Ronald Brown, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel.

"There is an abundance of circumstantial data that suggests that what happened is related to the recent oil spill," Fisher said.

For the government, the findings were a departure from earlier statements. Until now, federal teams have painted relatively rosy pictures about the spill's effect on the sea and its ecosystem, saying they had not found any damage on the ocean floor.

In early August, a federal report said that nearly 70 percent of the 170 million gallons of oil that gushed from the well into the sea had dissolved naturally, or was burned, skimmed, dispersed or captured, with almost nothing left to see – at least on top of the water. The report was blasted by scientists.

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Aloi said...

Gulf spill cleanup is being done by corrupt polluter. Article on my link.

Michael said...

The Gulf should be the wakeup call for everyone on this planet. The Gulf for the most part is dead. There are several major cracks in the sea mantle of the Gulf and if over time they start to widen in fifty years we could see a whole new Middle America from Texas all the way to the Great Lakes.
Kyoto without China and India on board and making the austere but necessary changes needed, is nothing more than a very bad joke; a money grab to redistribute the wealth - namely yours and mine.
Cousin coal and Uncle Oil are unecessary. Build solar plants; waste conversion plants; landfill reclamation manufacturing facilities; these are things that actually do work. If we start now we can reduce most of the emissions produced in the industrialized world by 2015. Germany is converting to solar and waste conversion power facilities commencing this Spring. We need to follow Germany's lead, not Unlce Oil or any company that serves this bastard.

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