Dispersant Used to Clean Deepwater Horizon Spill More Toxic to Corals than the Oil

Dispersant Used to Clean Deepwater Horizon Spill More Toxic to Corals than the Oil

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With the site of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy in the background, a plane sprays chemical dispersant over the oil slick, March 5th, 2010. Captions and Photo source: ©© NWF

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The dispersant used to remediate the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is more toxic to cold-water corals at lower concentrations than the spilled oil, according to a new study…

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Oil Dispersant Used in Gulf Oil Spill Causes Lung and Gill Injuries to Humans and Aquatic Animals, University of Alabama at Birmingham (04-06-2015)
New research suggests that Corexit EC9500A, an oil-dispersal agent widely used in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, contributes to damage to epithelium cells within the lungs of humans and gills of marine creatures…

Scientists find damage to coral near BP well, (11-06-2010)
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…

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