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Entire Habitats Wiped Out by Oil, Dispersant and Fires

12/29/2010 // By Bob Serata

Hyperbole? If you’re visualizing an entire ocean, marshland, bay or miles-long beachfront destroyed, perhaps. But if you consider pelagic sargassum, that yellowish-brown seaweed that forms up into floating mats, clumps and weed lines (scientists call them “weedrows”), you will find […] Read more >

Oil & Boom in Louisiana Marsh, June 2010

Are Louisiana Fish Kills Related to Gulf Oil Disaster?

11/23/2010 // By Craig Guillot

With millions of gallons of oil & dispersants entering the Gulf during the summer, many question whether they could have played a role in the kills. Read more >

The Well is Dry

10/15/2010 // By Jon Brett

Lack of initial funding for conducting scientific research after the Gulf oil disaster, and the impact on scientists’ ability to collect important baseline data. On September 15th, 149 days – that’s 4 months and 27 days – after the Gulf […] Read more >

Staghorn coral (center) on healthy patch reef

Corals Won’t Survive A Shallow-Water Oil Spill Treated With Dispersants

10/14/2010 // By Bob Serata

A  shallow-water oil spill, even one that doesn’t reach the magnitude of the Gulf oil disaster, could kill miles of coral reefs. And it won’t be the oil alone that does it. At the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of […] Read more >

Dr. Goodbody-Gringley points out baby Montastraea

Scientist Finds Deadly Effects of Dispersant Used in Gulf Oil Disaster

10/8/2010 // By Bob Serata

In the cramped lab at Mote Marine Laboratory’s Tropical Research Lab on Summerland Key in the Florida Keys, Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley and her team saw firsthand the effects of Corexit 9500 chemical dispersant on the settlement and survival of coral […] Read more >

BP Still Stonewalling EPA on Dispersant Chemicals

5/24/2010 // By Miles Grant

BP is still refusing to reveal exactly what’s in that dispersant. Like so many aspects of BP’s oil spill response, the redacted passages would be comical if the disaster wasn’t so serious.
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What You Wish You Didn’t Know About Oil Spills

5/9/2010 // By Miles Grant

A few facts gathered by the National Wildlife Federation’s Senior Scientist, Doug Inkley… According to the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, about 3 million gallons of oil and refined oil are spill in U.S. waters every […] Read more >