The toxic reach of Deepwater Horizon’s oil spill was much larger — and deadlier — than previous estimates

The toxic reach of Deepwater Horizon’s oil spill was much larger — and deadlier — than previous estimates

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An aircraft releases chemical dispersant over an oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Captions and Photo source: NOAA /US Coast Guards

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The spread of oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was far worse than previously believed, new research has found.

As the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history approaches its 10th anniversary in April, a study by two University of Miami researchers shows that a significant amount of oil and its toxic footprint moved beyond fishery closures where it was thought to be contained and escaped detection by satellites as it flowed near the Texas shore, west Florida shore and within a loop current that carries Gulf water around Florida’s southern tip up toward Miami.

Read Full Article; The Washington Post (02-12-2020)

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