Experts: Submerged oil threatens organisms

BP oil spill. Photo source: U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily F. Alley.


Two of coastal Alabama’s foremost marine experts agree that using dispersants to combat this summer’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill will cause problems in the northern Gulf of Mexico for years to come, but not because the chemicals BP PLC administered to break the crude into microscopic pieces pose any significant human health risk.

“Now we’ve got this stuff in the Gulf of Mexico, unknown locations, unknown toxicity, unknown rates of degradation, unknown rates of assimilation into the food chain,” Crozier said…

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