All That Was Left Was The Shouting … And The Oil
A new study by a University of West Florida researchers claims that Corexit, the chemical sprayed in the Gulf of Mexico to break up the BP oil spill, could be damaging the ecosystem more than the oil alone. According to Wade Jeffrey, a biologist with the university’s Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation, Corexit is toxic to phytoplankton and bacteria when mixed with oil. "It might have been better to not use it,” Jeffrey said, “because it greatly increases the oil that is dissolved in the water instead of concentrating it at the top." BP dumped 2 million gallons of Corexit into the Gulf in its attempt to disperse 4.1 million gallons of oil released during the Deepwater Horizon crisis.
Meanwhile, Republicans on Capitol Hill did their part to keep Gulf issues murky. On Thursday, GOP members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee criticized the Obama administration for imposing a moratorium on deep-water drilling and for giving BP lead role in responding to the Deepwater Horizon crisis. The moratorium lasted six months and was lifted in October once new safety regulations were, er, in the pipeline.
Image: NOAA. Booms made from pom-poms at Fourchon Beach, La., on May 27, 2010. "Plastic pom-poms are effective and low-cost tools that attract and hold oil," the agency cheers.