Oil Spill Update

“The government is expected to announce on Wednesday that three-quarters of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak has already evaporated, dispersed, been captured or otherwise eliminated — and that much of the rest is so diluted that it does not seem to pose much additional risk of harm…

“It remains to be seen whether subtle, long-lasting environmental damage from the spill will be found, as has been the case after other large oil spills.”

Justin Gillis, “U.S. Finds Most Oil From Spill Poses Little Additional Risk,” New York Times (August 4, 2010)


  • John

    Given that the basis of the estuary/wetlands ecosystem is the oxygen producing phytoplankton, I would say that the ecological impact will be inestimable over the next decade. The oil slick kills this lowest link in the food chain, and everything above it slowly goes extinct. We’ll see, I guess.

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