Study confirms oil from Deepwater Horizon disaster entered food chain in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on March 22, 2012 by


Since the explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico April 20, 2010, scientists have been working to understand the impact the disaster has had on the environment, the University of Maryland reported March 20. For months after the explosion, crude oil gushed into the water. A new study confirms oil from the Macondo well made it into the ocean’s food chain through the tiniest of organisms, zooplankton. They serve as food for baby fish and shrimp and act as conduits for the movement of oil contamination and pollutants into the food chain. The study confirms that not only did oil affect the ecosystem in the Gulf during the blowout, but it also was still entering the food web after the well was capped.

The study was led by East Carolina University with researchers from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Oregon State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and U.S. Geological Survey.


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