AP: BP oil spill the culprit for slow death of deep-sea coral, scientists say

Title: After lengthy analysis, scientists say BP oil spill the culprit for heavy toll on corals
Source: AP
Date: March 26, 2012

After months of laboratory work, scientists say they can definitively finger oil from BP’s blown-out well as the culprit for the slow death of a once brightly colored deep-sea coral community in the Gulf of Mexico that is now brown and dull. [...]

White, the lead researcher, said that this coral site was the only one found southwest of the Macondo well so far, but that others may exist. The researchers also wrote in the paper that it was too early to rule out serious damage at other coral sites that may have seemed healthy during previous examinations after the April 2010 spill. [...]

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