USF scientists find oil spill damage to critical marine life

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
By Paul Martin

By Craig Pittman
TampaBay.com
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

ST. PETERSBURG — Far from being gone, the oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster appears to still be causing ecological damage in the Gulf of Mexico, according to new findings from University of South Florida scientists.

And scientists from the University of Georgia said the amount of oil that remains in the water could be 70 to 79 percent of the more than 4 million barrels of oil that escaped into the gulf.

Both reports again raise questions about the Obama administration’s claim, made two weeks ago, that most of the oil spewed from BP’s well is either gone or widely dispersed.

USF marine scientists conducting experiments in an area where they previously found clouds of oil have now discovered what appears to be oil in the sediment of a vital underwater canyon and evidence that the oil has become toxic to critical marine organisms, the college reported Tuesday.

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