Oil Spill Survey: Public Trust in BP, Feds Diminished, The Vanguard (University of South Alabama), November 1, 2010:
Erin Capley, a graduate student working on her Master’s in environmental toxicology, echoed concerns held by 71 percent of respondents that the spill’s ecological damage is permanent.
“[BP] took a gamble with their knee-jerk reaction trying to appease us,” she said. “They are concerned with making people happy first, not the environment … Sand’s ability to transport water is very high.
“If the oil gets into the water, it will seep into the sand. No matter how deep they dig, it’s already there. You can treat it, but that’s a lot of sand, as deep as you could go.
“And crude has a lot of nasty stuff like Toluene that has been proven to cause organ failure or even cancer. We still don’t know the long-term effects of some of these things,” she explained. “BP basically dissolved the oil in the water. Now you can’t get it out; you can’t filter it; it’s in the ocean.”