Researchers believe the tar balls that washed on to Gulf of Mexico beaches by Tropical Storm Lee prove that oil left over from the BP Oil Spill isn’t breaking down as quickly as BP and others want the public to believe. The study by Auburn University shows the tar that hit Alabama beaches in September “appeared relatively fresh and unchanged from when oil first poured into the Gulf during the spill.” The study concluded that mats of oil are still submerged on the seabed, and it says the material could pose a long-term threat to coastal ecosystems. BP hasn’t commented on the study to my knowledge. Instead, the company is cleaning the beaches and doing so with as little media attention as possible.
A separate study by researchers from LSU confirms that new oil being found in the beaches in several states came from BP’s well. Based on what we have learned, it’s almost certain that we have not seen the last of oil coming ashore from this spill. Also, we must remember that there was also a huge quality of chemicals pumped into the Gulf waters by BP and that could wind up being a more serious problem than the oil.
Source: Associated Press
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