How is the dispersant used in the Gulf of Mexico spill?
While the dispersant helps expose more of the oil to bacteria and waves which help to break it down, it also makes the oil more available to wildlife. One 2012 study showed that the combination of oil and the dispersant Corexit is 3 to 52-times more toxic to rotifers (microscopic animals) than oil by itself.
How did they get the oil out of the Gulf of Mexico?
About 5 to 6 percent of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was removed by controlled burning. A C-130 Hercules from the Air Force Reserve Command deploys dispersant into the Gulf of Mexico May 5, 2010, as part of the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill response effort.
What kind of animals were affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill?
Pictures of pelicans, sea turtles, and other Gulf of Mexico wildlife struggling in oil were among some of the most disturbing images of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in 2010. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, thousands of “visibly” oiled animals (pdf) —which include birds, sea turtles,…
How did the Louisiana oil spill affect the marshes?
Activities to clean up oiled marshes (like flushing with water or raking to remove oil) delayed marsh recovery and exacerbated the loss of oysters, though it was not always possible to separate effects of oiling from effects of response actions. Salt marshes in Louisiana were most intensively polluted by the oil spill.
What was the anniversary of the Exxon Valdez spill?
Exxon Valdez oil spill 20th anniversary special (podcast) The Exxon Valdez, 25 years later (podcast) The spills behind the oil pollution act (story map)offsite link
Where was the largest oil spill in the United States?
In 1969, a blowout on an offshore platform off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, spilled over four million gallons of oil. In 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in the Prince William Sound in Alaska, spilling over 11 million gallons of oil. The largest marine oil spill in all of U.S. history was the Deepwater Horizon spill.
How old was the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?
Helping a 7-year-old oceanographer study oil spills in Washington’s waters (ES) Multimedia Deepwater Horizon: The science behind NOAA’s unprecedented response (video) De-oiling the delta: Video of the DM932 oil spill response (video) Hindsight and foresight: 20 years after the Exxon Valdez spill (video)