Ed Overton: It’s “improbable” that massive fishkill was from crude’s toxicity — Concedes hydrocarbons may have caused hypoxia


Louisiana fish deaths raise oil spill questions, BBC, September 15, 2010:

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Ed Overton, an environmental scientist at Louisiana State University, said warm temperatures and a lack of wind can rob water of oxygen and in turn cause fish kills in late August and early September. ...

"It is improbable, not impossible, that this is the result of oil toxicity," Mr Overton said.

"The oil that's in the shoreline right now doesn't have a lot of the volatile components."

But Mr Overton conceded that bacteria in these types of waterways can use up oxygen when degrading oil, which can then affect fish.

Read the report here.

"Ed Overton [is] a Louisiana State University chemist who has analyzed the spill for NOAA," MSNBC reported this week

2 comments to Ed Overton: It’s “improbable” that massive fishkill was from crude’s toxicity — Concedes hydrocarbons may have caused hypoxia

  • Mutti

    Overton should eat a few of those "alleged" oiled crabs! Then he could have his blood tested for VOCs. And when he comes down with cancer in 10 to 20 years, we´ll all say that is impossible that it had anything to do with the Gulf Oil disaster.

  • ghana

    I'm going to get to the bottom of this oil catastrophe if I have to destroy every Ed Overton or Thad Allen in this world. Do you hear me you lying, murdering mother phuckers?!!!

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