Title: Scientists still learning from Deepwater Horizon disaster
Source: Tampa Bay Times
Author: Craig Pittman
Date: December 4, 2012
[...] One new study, released on Friday, found that the dispersant may have made the oil more toxic to wildlife than the oil alone would have been. [...]
The new study by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes in Mexico looked at the impact the dispersant had on rotifers, a sensitive microscopic creature that’s eaten by crabs, shrimp and small fish in the gulf. It found that combining the dispersant with the oil boosted the toxicity to rotifers by a factor of 52. Testing continues.
Despite that scientific uncertainty [Steve Murawski, formerly the chief federal fisheries scientist and now a University of South Florida marine science professor,] said, the oil industry is so sold on Corexit that the companies that conduct similar deep-sea drilling projects have all stocked up on it to use at the next such disaster. [...]
Published: December 4th, 2012 at 10:33 pm ET