Scientists at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in South Alabama have published a study showing oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster making its way into the Gulf of Mexico food chain.
Dr. Monty Graham, the lead researcher, says the research actually shows the eco-system at work breaking down the carbon.
“A lot of it (oil) was actually worked over by the bacteria,” Graham says. “The bacteria came and saved the day on this one.”
The research was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, which received money from BP, along with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the Richard C. Shelby Center for Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management and the Northern Gulf Institute’s rapid-response funding, paid for by BP’s Gulf Research Initiative.
Meanwhile, a citizens water testing group released a sample this week showing beach sand in Siesta Key Florida with a chromatogram fingerprint of BP’s oil. See more on that at FloridaOilSpillLaw.com.
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