New Study Shows Wider Impact From BP’s Gulf of Mexico Spill
A new study in the Gulf of Mexico indicates that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill may have had a more serious impact on marine ecosystems than researchers originally believed. “The footprint of the impact of the spill on coral communities is both deeper and wider than previous data indicated,” said Penn State University biology professor Charles Fisher. Modellers originally traced an oil plume that moved predominantly southwest of the blowout on a BP oil platform, but Fisher’s team found impacts 22 kilometres to the east. “Either the plume went further afield in different directions than some models suggested, and deeper, or there was a second mechanism that might have impacted the corals,” he told ClimateProgress.