BP Spill Reminder #1 - Day 77

Monday, July 05, 2010

A dead whale is an example of the suffering of sea animals from BP's gulf spill. Low oxygen content in the sea drives deep-water fish closer to the shore. Dead zones with little to no oxygen endanger all marinelife.
The oily goo on top of the water may be only a foreboding to the damage inflicted by underwater oil plumes, reports the Examiner:

Evidence is beginning to emerge that supports the worst fears of the environmental community; the dispersed oil that is being submerged is more deadly then the oil spill that can be seen on the surface.
Alabama news organization, al.com is reporting, "Officials are in the process of anchoring chains with oil-catching pompoms attached, trying to detect oil's movement underwater. The decision followed discovery of oil in shrimp trawls, as the state sampled the size of shrimp in the Mississippi Sound." 
Louisiana State University scientist, Ed Overton has been analyzing the submerged oil for federal officials since April, when the Deepwater Horizon exploded and fell to the ocean floor. He said, "The biggest threat posed by the submerged oil was the inability to contain it."
As BP continues to defy EPA orders to dramatically reduce the amount of dispersant being used on the oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico, wildlife, microorganisms and people that live in an around it, may find themselves victims of a Corexit overdose, as more data paints a clearer picture. 
The International Business Times reports that biologists at the University of South Florida and NOAA have confirmed massive, floating underwater plumes, made up of tiny mist-like particles that carry dead zones of depleted oxygen.
...the appearance of a coat of sunken oil over coastal oyster beds and sea grass is not a good sign to scientist Ed Overton. He said, "This represents a very serious turn if we find that as the oil weathers, it becomes more dense than the water or at lease dense enough for easy submersion with attachment to debris." He added, "It's a big deal. It means that it will just wash right under all these containment booms. It will move in with the tide."
So much for today from the world's biggest man-made environmental disaster. More to follow in the coming months.


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